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Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

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Although the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil, many Christians are regrettably uninformed about the rich Hebrew heritage of the church. This volume delineates the link between Judaism and Christianity, between the Old and the New Testament, and calls Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots so as to effect a more authentically biblical lifestyle.

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Published January 11th 1990 by Eerdmans (first published April 1989)
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Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
outstanding foundation for our faith..
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent, Scripturally based, is written with compassion, authority and reveals how the roots of Christianity run deep into "Hebrew soil", showing the Hebrew heritage of the Christian Church to be rich and extensive. This is a must read and is a very good primer which should encourage the reader to read more from men such as David Baron, Adolph Saphir, and Alfred Edersheim. The book describes at the outset how this heritage has been largely unexplored and ignored by Christian semin ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bob and I are reading this together .. Out loud .. Many hard to pronounce words .. Very good , for us it takes 3 :Bob, I , and Ruach hakodesh aka holy spirit ... Some language for advanced students .. Marvin Wilson often uses words that are not often used in conversation.. Good to see there is oodles to get introduced to . Context very thoughtfully researched .. Footnotes ..for additional verification. We we continue the task .. Chapter by chapter.. Studying ... With the direction of our Father ...more
Matthew John
This book can be fairly dense at times, but it fascinatingly illuminates, as it's subtitle attests, the "Jewish roots of the Christian faith." The author points out, in ways that make you want to trust him, that perhaps Western Christianity isn't necessarily what it ought to be. That perhaps we Christians should all be a little bit more Jewish -- in how we approach the Scriptures and how we think about truth and faith.

All in all, this book is a great read for anyone who wants truly to study the
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the most important book for believers to read. It covers a broad variety of topics. Here are some of them: A new People: Abraham's Spiritual Children, Church and Synagogue in the light of History, Understanding Hebrew thought, Jewish heritage and the Church, Toward Restoring Jewish Roots.
I can't stress enough that you should read it. I've read it at least 3 times. It contains study questions at the end of each chapter that help enhance learning.
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that triggered my interest in studying more about the Jewish roots of Christianity. Dr. Wilson is one of the pioneering scholars of the Messianic Jewish movement, and this is his most famous book. It's a bit academic in style, but definitely readable. This is a great place to start if you have only been exposed to Gentile teachers.
Tammy Martin
A STAPLE IN YOUR THEOLOGY LIBRARY- but not just for scholars. For all readers.
A most informative book.
Very deep, lots of information.
Marianne Ogden
Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I bought two copies of this book so I could share one with friends. This book taught me so much, and it put an historic context on my faith.
Jul 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight into the roots of the Christian faith. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
If you want to understand the Jewish roots to the Christian faith look no further.
Carrie Ann
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The integrity of this book is high. I highly recommend it.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great review of Christianity's Jewish roots. Also gives good insights into the way the biblical writers thought about truth and Scripture.
Lisa Johnson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Our Father Abraham (Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith)
Author: Marvin Wilson
Pages: 395
Year: 1990
Publisher: Eerdmans
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
In the journey of discovering the Jewish roots of my Christian faith, I have read many books. Some were very helpful and other books weren’t for various reasons. However, Our Father Abraham is a gem because the author takes great pains to explain various topics in a way that can be easily comprehended while also leaving the reader wanting more. At
Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
"Westerners have often found themselves in the confusing situation of trying to understand a Jewish book through the eyes of Greek culture."

Our Father Abraham was supposed to be a required read for my Hebrew Culture and Civilization class, but it got cut by my professor; however, I had the opportunity to still acquire the book. It could be quite a lot of material to read at times, but the amount of information and knowledge in this book is outstanding! Wilson does a great job with trying to m
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was written about 30 years ago and is academic in tone, so I prefer the more recent books I've read on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Still, I found this worth reading. When speaking about Christian beliefs, the author would state an extreme view found in Protestant or Catholic Christianity and state it like it was the common Christian belief. This meant that he was often arguing against things my church doesn't actually believe. But, anyway, he feels that Christians ought to ...more
Concise Reader
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not worth reading.

This was a frustrating book to read. The author tries to make the case that the Church has forgotten its Jewish roots and that this has been a source of many problems the church is experiencing. He doesn't really attempt to persuade the reader by working through the pros and cons of various arguments. There is hardly any arguments at all. Mostly, his conclusions are presented as self-evident, supported with quotes from the authors he agrees with. There is very little interactio
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Took me forever because of work taking away time, but completely worth it. This book is AMAZING. Reads like a dissertation at times, but full of knowledge of the Jewish faith and how it is interwoven with the Christian faith. It is mind-blowing how far the church has gotten away from its Jewish heritage, and this book does a great job of bridging the gap. Not sure this is for the brand new Christian...probably a better read for someone who has been a Christian for a while now. If you plan on goi ...more
Michael Walker
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Well-presented case for Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah by a Biblical and Theological professor at Gordon College who dialogues between Christians and Jews.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for understanding the Jewish roots of the Christian church. Some chapters were more difficult to understand than others, but all in all a very informative book.
J.J. Richardson
This should be a standard textbook in seminaries for understanding the base of the Christian faith.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is annoying me so much that I'm beginning my review before I finish so I don't forget all the places that it annoyed me. Mr. Wilson's [the author] goal is to reemphasize Hebrew culture and history and Scriptures [Old Testament aka Tanakh] which he feels [rightly] has been deemphasized in the course of church history [up until recently]. Mr. Wilson is obviously passionate about all of this. The problem is that he allows his passion to slip into the work where it shouldn't. Some examples ...more
Dennis Podryadchikov
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a search for practical applications of life with God in community of other people takes one to realize that just Christian resources are not enough, a deeper dive into the Jewish heritages can beautifully explain so much about life with God on daily basis. In "Our Father Abraham", Marvin R. Wilson provides a profound introduction into Jewish worldview for Christians. Wilson takes his readers through debris of finding a proper relationship between Christianity and Jewry and points to many wa ...more
Ben Smitthimedhin
Incredible. Dr. Marvin R. Wilson takes us through the history of antisemitism, the differences in Hebrew thought from Western Christianity, and what the church can learn from Judaism (which is seen as the roots of our faith) all to back up the point of his thesis of how the Christian church should seek to reconcile their broken relationship with their own Jewish family and background while putting a halt on the trend of antisemitism. This has huge implications that can change one's perspective o ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book. A timely reminder that we have been grafted in to the root of Jesse and not planted as a replacement to the uprooted mother plant. Some good material on the Jewish traditional practice of belief in context. I enjoyed the use of the Fiddler on the Roof as an illustration of some of the principles being taught. The last couple of chapters were a bit slow going and slightly redundant. You probably won't agree with everything or every emphasis suggested by the book, but well worth a read ...more
Mike Mankin
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Greg Koukl recommended this book on one of his podcasts. Diving into Hebrew customs that explain the foundation for Christianity, this is a fantastic book that covers many facets of the links between Judaism and Christianity. The most obvious being the one the modern day church tends to forget, which is without the first testament, there is no second. Definitely a book that gets plenty of highlighting and will be a resource on the bookshelf for years to come.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding - required reading for anyone seeking more understanding of the Hebrew Roots of Christianity. Easy to read and most helpful in revealing substantial information about the foundations laid by the Hebrews for future generations of Hebrews and Christians. For those who look toward the coming Kingdom proclaimed by Christ this book is an important addition to their library.
Rena Jane
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history and interpretation of the influence of the Old Testament on Christianity and the New Testament. Very readable and sensible discussion of many issues that are misunderstood in the Christian community, about Judaism and the Old Testament.
Mar 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a tough one to rate. At times it was textbookish, and a little hard to read (lost my interest). Othertimes, I would find myself really absorbed in reading it. I did like it, but I did skim some parts of this book. It had a lot of interesting info. Overall, I liked what it has to offer.
I did not literally read this. But it was given to me in 2009 at the onset of my Jewish Roots journey. I've read chapters, skimmed sections, and felt like I read it, but really I just got so sick of seeing it on the "to-read" shelf. Give me a break, it's a thick bugger.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was really a great place to familiarize myself with Jewish heritage. I am wanting to continue to dig deeper into this Divine root system. I will go back and review many of the aspects presented in this book and will probably read it again!
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Dr. Marvin R. Wilson's widely used textbook, Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, has been translated into Italian, Chinese, Korean and other languages. For a number of years, Marvin worked as a translator and editor of the New International Version of the Bible. Recently, he contributed a major article to the ESV Study Bible. Marvin also served as primary scholar of a two-hour ...more
“Westerners often define spirituality as denying oneself, being detached from earthly concerns, and being intent on otherworldly values. By contrast, the Hebrews experienced the world of spirit as robust, life-affirming, and this-worldly in character. Such was the "spiritual" orientation of the Hebrews. So-called spirituality did not come by negating the richness of life's experiences or withdrawing from the world. Instead, they affirmed creation by finding a sense of holiness in the here and now. There was no division between the sacred and secular areas of life. It was all God's world, and it was to be enjoyed without a sense of shame or guilt. In Paul's words, "to the pure, all things are pure" (Tit. 1:15). As trustees and stewards of God's world, human beings were to live within it and use it in accord with divine directives.” 1 likes
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