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The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity

(The Origins of Catholicism #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  310 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Is Catholicism inherently Anti-Semitic? Do the Hebrew Scriptures accurately predict Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah? How does Jewish thinking presuppose devotion to Mary? Is the Catholic Church a fulfillment of historic Israel? How did the Israelite identity of the twelve Apostles influence the early Church? How do Jewish water rituals relate to Catholic baptism? Is the H ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Saint John Press (first published 2009)
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Jeff Miller
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another book I recently read is by another Catholic blogger Taylor Marshall. The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity is I believe his first book with another book coming out later this year. I started reading his blog back before he came into the Catholic Church. At one time he was an Episcopal priest and the book starts off with a chapter on his conversion. The subject of Judaism in relation to the Church was one of the things that got him to think more deeply on t ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am a frequent reader of Dr. Marshall's blog, Canterbury Tales. the "Crucified Rabbi"explores and explains the Jewish roots of Catholicism. For a long time I have found the connections between Judaism and Catholicism to be interesting and beautiful. This book covers a lot of ground without getting bogged down in minutia. At the same time it does have depth. Enough depth that I think I will have to read it again in the future to glean even more from it.The great thing about this book is that it ...more
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent book that connects Judaism and Catholicism. More of a history lesson than for spiritual growth, but I think it hits the target for the purpose it was written.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great comparison of Judaism and Christianity. Most people think that the differences a too great, but in actuality, the two religions are more alike than realized.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is actually my second time reading this.
E.G. Lewis
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is: "Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity," which pretty mych says it all.

As an author of Biblical Fiction, I have done a tremendous amount of research into the Jewish faith and the way of life during the era in which Christianity set down its roots. This research has left me with a great appreciation of Jewish beliefs and spirituality.

Taylor Marshall's goal is to lay the two faiths, Judaism and Catholicism, side-by-side and examine the similarities. We all
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
This book was such a joy to read. Each chapter takes one aspect of each religion and describes their origins and differences. We learn of Old Testament "priesthood" and its ties to the head of the household, and its motivation for the eventual title of "Father" in the Church. We learn of the holy ark of the Synagogue as the predecessor of the Catholic Church's tabernacle. We learned of Jewish Nazarites and Catholic consecration. Judaism and Catholicism are more interconnected than it seems, and ...more
Joseph Raborg
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good and Brief

Like many good religious works, this book follows holy simplicity. Taylor Marshall compares and contrasts Judaism and Catholicism to show how Judaism contains the roots of many Catholic beliefs and practices. A good book to read with much surprising information.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

Take for granted Christianity’s inseparable connection to Judaism, but what does it mean, beyond knowing that Jesus was Jewish and died during Passover? The Crucified Rabbi is the first volume of a Catholic history trilogy, and examines the close links between the early Christian church and those of Judaism. That they abound shouldn't be surprising, given that the early Christians were Jewish. I had no idea, however, how much Jewish heritage had been passed through the Catholic tradition.

Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, faith
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May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine lent this book to me, and I'm very grateful that he did. Marshall's explanations of the connections between Catholicism and Judaism are clear and engaging; as a Christian not intimately familiar with either Catholic doctrine or some of the less common practices of Judaism, I felt that I walked away with a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of both. Marshall also didn't fall into the trap of some authors of his genre and make his explanations too heavy handed: he taugh ...more
Cameron M
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Marshall has written a phenomenal book that is very readable, approachable, and at the same time highly intellectual and coherent. Books like this and Brant Pitre's "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist" will help Catholics (and Jews!) understand how Catholicism really and truly is the fulfillment of the covenant that Christ established.
This is a very informative book and would benefit any Christian to understand the Jewish roots leading to Christianity. It is a must read and I hi
Andrew Stout
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Lots of fascinating parallels in belief and practice between Judaism and Catholicism. I don't think that Marshall always succeed in showing how the parallels are actually legitimate transformations of the Old Covenant into the New Covenant. One significant exception to this weakness was the chapter on baptism - a wonderful study of the way that the ritual washings of the Old Covenant find their fulfillment in Christ and act as types for the baptism of the New Covenant. ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic
This is an excellent synopsis of the Jewish roots of Catholicism. The author is clear and concise, and backs up the claims he makes with factual evidence. It's a good book to read if you're just curious, and it's also a good book to read if you want to delve a little deeper (is Catholicism true?). ...more
Carl Hostetter
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting and illuminating perspective on the continuity of the Catholic Church with traditional Judaism.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great read that shows the development of Catholic practices from roots in the Jewish faith.
Joshua Watson
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Taylor Marshall!
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Thoughtful discussion of the Jewish roots of many Roamn Catholic traditions.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This author provides Catholics with the minutiae of our faith, the where's, why's and how's of Catholisism. It has clarified the inextricable link with Judaism. Just fantastic. ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here is a blend of both Jewish and Christian theology/perspective. I found the "point of view" to be creative and compelling. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book that looks at the Jewish roots of various Christian (Catholic in particular) rituals, practices and beliefs underlying them. I'm not entirely sure if this knowledge is more than academic to most people. For the most part, it was for me. But it's engaging enough that it's certainly not boring. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

Mostly excellent connections demonstrating Jesus being the fulfillment of our Salvation History as well as the roots of many Catholics traditions. Some are a bit stretched however.
John Dembowski
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic
Different from Pitre, in that the focus was more on the continuity of Judaism into Catholicism as opposed to messianic fulfillment vs expectations. Granted he listed 300+ prophecies that Jesus did fulfill in the appendix. Very instructive, clear, and enlightening.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding review of both the similarities between Judaism and Catholicism and the scriptural passages that point to Jesis, The Crucified Rabbi, as the Messiah.
Elizabeth P
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This had some good information. I just wish that it was more engaging.
Thomas Deranek
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Catholic roots of Catholicism are fascinating but the sections that went deep into Jewish customs were difficult to relate to.
David Vermont
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Must-Read if you are interested in religion and history.
Lanette Kauten
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm rating it for what it is, but I personally found it too basic. ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nancy-pearls
I didn't find this as interesting as I had hoped, perhaps because I already knew most of the information. Quit early. ...more
David Young
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good insight

It was just the right amount of understanding and the perfect amount of insight. Not overly theological or to philosophical. It was well written and easy to understand.
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Taylor Marshall reads, reads, and reads. And then he writes.

He is the President of the New Saint Thomas Institute.

Dr. Marshall earned BA in Philosophy from Texas A&M University, an MAR in Systematic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Nashotah Theological House, and an MS in Philosophy from the University of Dallas.

He completed a PhD in Philosoph

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