Biblical Research & Education Resources

 Blaine Robison, M.A., M.R.E.

 

Bible Study Library

Published 16 April 2004; Revised 19 August 2016

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I believe the best resources for studying the Bible, especially the apostolic canon (New Testament), are those that explain the Jewish or Hebrew language, culture and roots of the Scripture text. After all, the Bible is an ancient book written by Jews to Jews and Gentiles about subjects revealed to Jews in their own language. Failure to take into account the Jewish context can only result in a faulty understanding and interpretation. Many of the works listed below are written by Messianic Jewish scholars, who are generally ignored by Christian commentaries and Christian scholarly works.

Bibles

Besorat HaMashiach (Good News of the Messiah): The New Covenant, Psalms and Proverbs of the World English Bible: Messianic Edition. Wayne A. Mitchell & Michael P. Johnson, eds. Rainbow Missions, 2003.

Complete Jewish Bible, trans. David Stern. Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., 1998.

The Holy Scriptures: Hebrew and English. The Bible Society in Israel, 2012.

The Messianic Writings, trans. Daniel Gruber. Elijah Publishing, 2011. (with annotations)

The Orthodox Jewish Bible: Tanakh & Orthodox Brit Chadasha, trans. Philip E. Goble. Artists for Israel International Publications, 2010.

Messianic Jewish Family Bible: Tree of Life Version. Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, 2014.

Bible Commentaries ~Tanakh (Old Testament)

David Baron, Zechariah: A Commentary on His Vision and Prophecies. Kregel Publications, 1918.

Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Walk Genesis. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1999.

Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Walk Exodus. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2000.

Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Walk Leviticus. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2001.

Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Walk Numbers. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2002.

Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg, Walk Deuteronomy. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2003.

C.F. Keil and F. Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament (1866-1891), 10 Vol. Hendrickson Publishers, 2006.

Derek Leman, Proverbial Wisdom & Common Sense. Lederer Books, 1999.

Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Record. Baker Book House, 1976.

Henry M. Morris, The Remarkable Record of Job. Baker Book House, 1988.

Henry M. Morris, The Remarkable Journey of Jonah. Master Books, 2003.

Keren Hannah Pryor, A Taste of Torah: A Devotional Study through the Five Books of Moses. Center for Christian-Judaic Studies, 2008.

Russell Resnik, Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life's Journey from the Five Books of Moses. Lederer Books, 2006.

Russell Resnik, Gateways to Torah: Joining the Ancient Conversation on the Weekly Portion. Lederer Books, 2000.

Jeffrey Seif, Glenn Blank, and Paul Wilbur, TLV Psalms with Commentary: Hope and Healing in the Hebrew Scriptures. Destiny Image Publishers, 2012.

Harold A. Sevener, God's Man in Babylon: The Visions and Prophecies of Daniel. Chosen People Ministries, 1994.

John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Flood. Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1961.

Bible Commentaries ~Besekh (New Testament)

Joshua Brumbach, Jude: Faith and Destructive Influence of Heresy. Lederer Books, 2014.

Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. New Updated Edition. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1993. Also online.

David Friedman, James the Just: Presents Applications of the Torah. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2012.

Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Messianic Jewish Epistles: Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, Jude. Ariel Ministries, 2005. (Ariel's Bible Commentary)

Tim Hegg, The Letter Writer: Paul's Background and Torah Perspective. 2nd ed. TorahResource, 2008.

Jewish Annotated New Testament, Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler, eds. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Barney Kasdan, Matthew Presents Yeshua, King Messiah: A Messianic Commentary. Lederer Books, 2011.

Barney Kasdan, Rabbi Paul Enlightens the Ephesians on Walking with Messiah Yeshua. Lederer Books, 2015.

Dan Juster, Revelation: The Passover Key. Destiny Image Publishers, 1991.

Hilary Le Cornu and Joseph Shulam, A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Galatians. Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry, 2005.

John Lightfoot (1602-1675), A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica (1859 ed.), 4 Vols. Hendrickson Pub., 1989. Online.

Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel. Jewish Studies for Christians (Tel Aviv), 2015.

Stuart Sacks, Hebrews Through a Hebrew's Eyes. Lederer Books, 1995.

Risto Santala, Paul: The Man and the Teacher in the Light of Jewish Sources. Keren Ahvah Meshihit, 1995. Online.

Joseph Shulam, A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1997.

Joseph Shulam and Hilary Le Cornu, A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Acts. Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry, 2011.

David Stern, Jewish New Testament Commentary. 5th Ed. Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., 1996.

Bible Culture

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation. Rev. ed. Trans. Michael Wise, Martin Abegg Jr. and Edward Cook. HarperOne, 2005.

Alfred Edersheim, Sketches of Jewish Social Life. Updated Edition. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1994. Available Online.

Alfred Edersheim, The Temple - Its Ministry and Services. New Updated Edition. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1994. Available online.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jesus Was a Jew. Ariel Ministries, 1989.

Joachim Jeremias, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus. Fortress Press, 1969.

Barney Kasdan, God's Appointed Customs. Lederer Publications, 1996.

Barney Kasdan, God's Appointed Times. Lederer Publications, 1993.

Derek Leman, Yeshua in Context: The Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah. Mt. Olive Press, 2010.

Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church. Lederer Books, 1996.

Anne Punton, The World Jesus Knew. Monarch Books, 2009.

Risto Santala, The Midrash of the Messiah: The Messiah and His Meal in Midrash Ruth Chapters V, VII and VIII. Keren Ahvah Meshihit, 2002. Online.

Bible History (Old Testament) and History of Israel

F.F. Bruce, Israel & the Nations: The History of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of the Second Temple. rev. ed. IVP Academic, 1997.

Alfred Edersheim, Bible History Old Testament. New Updated Edition. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1995. Also online.

Derek Leman, A New Look at the Old Testament. Mt. Olive Press, 2006.

William Varner, Jacob's Dozen. The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1987.

Bible Interpretation

David Bivin & Roy Blizzard, Jr. Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus. Revised Edition. Destiny Image Publishers, 1994.

David Bivin, New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus. En-Gedi Resource Center, 2007.

Robert L. Lindsey, Jesus Rabbi & Lord: The Hebrew Story of Jesus Behind Our Gospels. Cornerstone Publishing, 1990.

Ann Spangler and Lois Tyverg, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith. Zondervan Publishing Co., 2009.

Lois Tverberg, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life. Zondervan, 2012.

Brad H. Young, Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus. Hendrickson Publishers, 2007.

Brad Young, The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1998.

Biblical Theology and Apologetics

Jonathan Bernis, A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth. Chosen Books, 2011.

Stuart Dauermann, Son of David: Healing the Vision of the Messianic Jewish Movement. Wipf & Stock Pub., 2010.

M.G. Einspruch, ed. A Way in the Wilderness: Essays in Messianic Jewish Thought. Lederer Publications, 1989.

David Friedman, They Loved the Torah. Lederer Books, 2001.

Asher Intrater, Who Ate Lunch with Abraham. Revive Israel Media, 2011.

Jim Jacob, A Lawyer's Case for God. Yaakov Press, 2008.

Dan Juster, Jewish Roots: A Foundation of Biblical Theology. Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 1995.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., The Messiah in the Old Testament. Zondervan Pub. House, 1995.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., The Promise-Plan of God: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. Zondervan Pub. House, 2008.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan and Purpose. Zondervan, 2009.

D. Thomas Lancaster, Restoration: Returning the Torah of Moses to the Disciples of Jesus. 4th ed. First Fruits of Zion, 2015.

Derek Leman, Paul Didn't Eat Pork. Mt. Olive Press, 2005.

Henry M. Morris, The Long War Against God. Baker Book House, 1989.

Henry M. Morris, Many Infallible Proofs. Master Books, 1974.

Dwight A. Pryor, Behold the Man: Discovering our Hebrew Lord, the Historical Jesus of Nazareth. Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, 2005.

Risto Santala, The Messiah in the Old Testament in the Light of Rabbinical Writings. Keren Ahvah Meshihit, 1992. Available online.

Risto Santala, The Messiah in the New Testament in the Light of Rabbinical Writings. Keren Ahvah Meshihit, 1992. Available online.

Edith Schaeffer, Christianity is Jewish. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1977.

Jeffrey L. Seif, In the Footsteps of the Rabbi From Tarsus. Zola Levitt Ministries, 2008.

Itzhak Shapira, The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish Thought. Lederer Books, 2013.

Joseph Shulam, Hidden Treasures: The First Century Jewish Way of Understanding the Scriptures. Messianic Jewish Resources International, 2007.

Brad Young, Jesus the Jewish Theologian. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1995.

Brad Young, Paul the Jewish Theologian: A Pharisee among Christians, Jews, and Gentiles. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1997.

Language and Word Studies

Douglas Hamp, Discovering the Language of Jesus. Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2005.

David Hill, Greek Words and Hebrew Meanings: Studies in the Semantics of Soteriological Terms. Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.

Barri Cae Mallin & Shmuel Wolkenfeld, Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God. Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1999.

Nathan Stone, Names of God. Moody Press, 1944.

Lois Tyverg & Bruce Okkema, Listening to the Language of the Bible. En-Gedi Resource Center, 2006.

Last Days and the Second Coming

Jonathan Bernis, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days. Chosen Books, 2013.

David Brickner, Future Hope. Purple Pomegranate Productions, 1999. (pre-trib viewpoint)

Robert H. Gundry, The Church and the Tribulation: A Biblical Examination of Posttribulationism. Zondervan Pub. House, 1973.

Bob Gundry, First the Antichrist. Baker Books, 1997.

Dan Juster & Keith Intrater, Israel, the Church, and the Last Days. Destiny Image Publishers, 2003.

Dan Juster, Revelation: The Passover Key. Destiny Image Publishers, 1991.

George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope. William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1956.

Derek Leman, The World to Come: A Portal to Heaven on Earth. Lederer Books, 2008.

Joel Richardson, The Islamic Antichrist, WND Books, 2015.

Joel Richardson, When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God. WND Books, 2015.

Messianic Jewish Movement Historical Development

Yohanna Chernoff, Born a Jew, Die a Jew: The Story of Martin Chernoff, a Pioneer in Messianic Judaism. EBED Publications, 1996.

Ruth Fleischer, So Great a Cloud of Witnesses. 2nd ed. Ha Devar Publishing & Distribution, 2009.

Paul Lieberman, The Fig Tree Blossoms. Kudu Publishing Services, 2012. (previously published by Fountain Press, 1976)

David A. Rausch, Messianic Judaism: Its History, Theology and Polity. Edwin Mellen Pub., 1982.

David J. Rudolph and Joel Willitts, Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations. Zondervan, 2013.

Michael Schiffman, Return of the Remnant: The Rebirth of Messianic Judaism. Messianic Jewish Resources International, 1996.

Hugh Schonfield, History of Jewish Christianity: From the First to the Twentieth Century. Public Domain, 1936. Reprinted in PDF by Vine of David Publishers, 2008.

David Stern, Messianic Judaism: A Modern Movement With an Ancient Past. Lederer Books, 2007.

Robert I. Winer, The Calling: The History of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America 1915-1990. Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, 1990.

Relations of Judaism, Christianity and Messianic Judaism

David Flusser, Jewish Sources in Early Christianity, Adama Books, 1987.

Daniel Gruber, Rabbi Akiba's Messiah: The Origins of Rabbinic Authority. Elijah Publishing, 1999.

Daniel Gruber, The Separation of Church and Faith, Volume 1: Copernicus and the Jews. Elijah Publishing, 2005.

Oskar Skarsaune, In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity. InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Marvin R. Wilson, Our Father Abraham. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989.

Prayer, Devotional Books and Miscellaneous

Ron Cantor, Identity Theft: How Yeshua was Robbed of His Jewishness. Destiny Image Pub., 2013.

Timothy P. Jones, Praying Like the Jew, Jesus. Lederer Books, 2005.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament. Weaver Book Co., 2015.

Irene Lipson, Blessing the King of the Universe: Transforming Your Life Through the Practice of Biblical Praise. Lederer Books, 2004.

Patrick Gabriel Lumbroso, Under the Fig Tree: Messianic Thought Through the Hebrew Calendar. Xulon Press, 2010.

Russell Resnik, The Divine Reversal: The Transforming Ethics of Jesus. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2009.

David J. Rudolph, ed. The Voice of the Lord. Lederer Books, 1998.

Science and Biblical Faith

Paul D. Ackerman, It's a Young World After All. Baker Book House, 1986.

Ken Ham, The Lie: Evolution. Master Books, 1987.

D. Russell Humphreys, Starlight and Time. Master Books, 1994.

Henry M. Morris, The Biblical Basis for Modern Science. Baker Book House, 1986.

Works by David Flusser, Orthodox Jew

These titles are included because they provide valuable information on Second Temple Judaism and the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. David Flusser (1917-2000) was a professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Second Temple Period at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Flusser worked closely with Christian scholar Robert Lindsey and together they laid the foundations for a school of New Testament research, known today as the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research.

David Flusser, Jesus. 3rd ed. Magnes Press, 2001.

David Flusser, Jewish Sources in Early Christianity. Adama Books, 1987.

David Flusser, Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. Magnes Press, 1998.

David Flusser, Judaism of the Second Temple Period: Qumran and Apocalypticism. Vol. 1. William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2007.

David Flusser, Judaism of the Second Temple Period: Sages and Literature. Vol. 2. William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2009.

David Flusser, The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius. 4th ed. William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2007.

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