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The early leaders of the Church were all Jewish, the original Church was organized around the pattern of the Jewish synagogue, and Yeshua (Jesus) used numerous Jewish idioms in his teachings and was, perhaps, a Pharisee himself. Dr. Moseley illuminates the Jewish background of Yeshua and the Church in this best-selling book.

Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church includes a foreword by Dr. Marvin Wilson, study questions, and an extensive glossary. This eye-opening work can be used by individuals and Bible study groups who want to learn more about the Jewish roots of their faith.

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“the first fifteen bishops of the original Church at Jerusalem were Jewish.” (Page 7)

“To the Hebrew mind, the primary purpose of the Torah is to teach humanity how to hit the mark in life, as opposed to committing sin, to miss the mark.” (Page 35)

“Research indicates that there were some twenty-six to thirty different denominations within first-century Judaism—including the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, Herodians, Boethusians, Galileans, Genistae, Meristae, Hellenists, and Nazarenes.” (Page 1)

“Often those Pharisees who wished to boast would drop a large number of coins in at once. This was called sounding the trumpet. It was this practice of letting everyone know how much they were giving that Jesus opposed.” (Page 28)

“There also was a public minister of the synagogue, called a chazan, who prayed, preached behind a wooden pulpit, and took care of the general oversight of the reading of the Law and other congregational duties. He did not read the Law, but stood next to the one who did, to correct and oversee, ensuring that it was done properly. He selected seven readers each week who were well-educated in the Hebrew Scriptures. The group consisted of one priest, one Levite, and five regular Israelites (Luke 4:16). The terms overseer of the congregation, angel of the church, and minister of the synagogue all referred to this position.” (Page 9)

. . . must reading for serious students desiring to explore the historical and biblical linkage between the synagogue and church. I enthusiastically recommend this enlightening study of origins.

—Marvin R. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Dep't. of Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College

This refreshing book by Dr. Ron Moseley opens up the history of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Every Christian should read this book.

—Brad Young, Ph.D. (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Oral Roberts University

. . . every disciple of Yeshua, the Rabbi from Nazareth, will find Ron's latest work valuable and stimulating reading, as it illuminates the Jewish background to Jesus and his Jewish movement, the Church.

—Dwight A. Pryor, President, Center for Judaic-Christian Studies

  • Title: Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church
  • Author: Ron Moseley
  • Publisher: Messianic Jewish Publishers
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 222

Ron Moseley studied the Jewish Background of the New Testament at Princeton and at Jerusalem University. He holds a Masters in Jewish Studies, M.Div. from Luther Rice College, Ph.D. in Ancient Middle Eastern History from Louisiana Baptist University, and a D.Phil in Sociology & Religious Studies from Oxford University. He was inducted into the Society of Scholars, Oxford, in 2006. Dr. Mosely has authored thirteen books and is the founder and president of the Arkansas Institute of Holy Land Studies. For nearly twenty-five years, he has been pastor of Sherwood Bible Church in Sherwood, Arkansas.

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  1. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn

    8/14/2023

    Only part way through the book and finding out I need to read this one carefully…this reminds me of someone I knew who was closer to God than everyone else because they were a ‘messianic believer’. Some of the authors statements I find don’t match with scripture. It makes me wonder about ’the jewish teachings’ he is passing on in the book. Not a book I would suggest to anyone. He comes off as painting a picture that Israel was such a wonderful people that God couldn’t resist them. After an investigation of all Scripture relating to Israel, it appears that the chosen people status was not awarded as a special privilege, but because the people of Israel could be trusted to preserve the Law of God Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996), 13. The third misconception is the idea that New Testament believers have a “better covenant” than God’s Law. Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996), 36. It should be noted that verses such as Mark 7:15, where it appears that Jesus is nullifying the Jewish dietary laws (when he points out the difference between physical and spiritual pollution), do not suggest that he abandoned the food laws given to all Jews. Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996), 38. Luke 16:16 is simply stating that the Law and the Prophets were the only Scripture in existence up to the time that John came on the scene. The implication is that God was soon to add more. Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996), 41. The second aspect is that God gave all nations the same possibility of becoming his people, but only Israel was willing to accept his Law, while the other nations rejected this opportunity. Ron Moseley, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1996), 54.
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