The Forgotten Jesus: Why Western Christians Should Follow An Eastern Rabbi

Paperback | April 4, 2017

byRobby F. Gallaty

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Through the years, our understanding of Jesus has been shaped by different cultural influences, and many Christians have forgotten that Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land, observing Jewish customs, and investing his life into Jewish men and women.

Trading the popular, but inaccurate Western perspective of the Bible for the context in which Jesus actually ministered in 2000 years ago, author Robby Gallaty reveals the fascinating Hebraic culture, customs, and nuances many Christians have never experienced or learned about.

By uncovering the teaching of the first and second century rabbis and Christian theologians, and highlighting little-known Jewish idioms and traditions, Gallaty takes Christians on a biblical journey to rediscover a forgotten Jesus from a biblical perspective, deepening your relationship with God.

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Through the years, our understanding of Jesus has been shaped by different cultural influences, and many Christians have forgotten that Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land, observing Jewish customs, and investing his life into Jewish men and women.Trading the popular, but inaccurate Western perspective of the Bible for the c...

Robby Gallaty (PhD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he founded Replicate Ministries to educate, equip, and empower believers to make disciples who make disciples (repl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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Introduction: Why Do We Need to Rediscover Jesus?The introduction will examine how Hellenism and Romanism have forced many Christians to read an Eastern book through a Western lens. Gallaty will explain how the refurbishment of the Sistine Chapel is a perfect example of restoring the original picture of something that has been affected through the ages. Jesus is not a blue-eyed, brown-haired American, as many have come to see Him. He's a dark-skinned, Middle Eastern Rabbi. Chapter 1: Preparing the Way for the MessiahThis chapter will give a brief overview of how God providentially used pagan leaders to prepare the way for His Son. Alexander the Great (Hellenism), Julius Caesar (the Roman Road), and Herod the Great (Construction of the Temple) set the stage for the coming Messiah spoke about in the Old Testament. The Maccabean revolt, often overlooked by Protestants because of its inclusion in the Apocrypha, re-instituted Temple sacrifices, duties, and festivals, all of which were necessary for the ministry of Jesus. Gallaty will explain how Jesus was not the first person to claim divinity or to be the Messiah. In fact, twelve men claimed to be the Messiah during the 100 years before and after Jesus. Readers will also walk through the community of the Essenes, who laid a foundation for the Messiah by taking the words Isaiah 40:3-5 literally. They gave up the luxuries of the Temple to endure sweltering heat, unbearable sand storms, and isolation to witness firsthand the glory of the Lord. Chapter 2: Clues About the Christ in the Old Testament The Old Testament repeatedly points to the Messiah through the life of Joseph, who foreshadowed Christ. A motif that Gallaty will examine is that of the shepherd in the Old Testament. Next, we will journey back to Babylon to uncover how Gentile wise men from a far away land knew when and why to follow a star from the East---and we will see that they were disciples of an influential Jew named Daniel, who specialized in prophecy about the coming Messiah. Finally, we will consider the many connections between Abraham's sacrifice of his only son Isaac and God's sacrifice of his only son Jesus. Chapter 3: The Humanity of JesusAn understanding of the humanity of God will ignite a better understanding of His character and an understanding of Jesus' upbringing will shed light on His future ministry. We will explore why He was raised in Nazareth, and we will also come to understand what is meant by Jesus growing in stature and wisdom. Jesus, like his father Joseph, was probably a stone mason who worked at a rock quarry nearby. This sheds new light on his ministry as we rethink truths he spoke in the New Testament, "Upon this rock I will build my church," or "The stone the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone." Chapter 4: Speaking the LanguageHebrew thinking is much different from Greek thinking. For a Jew, salvation is always corporate and plural, not individual and singular as we have been taught in the West. Additional concepts that will be covered are spirituality vs. worship, dynamic vs. static, ideas vs. pictures, and photographic appearance (a description of an object or thing) vs. constructive appearance (how an object or thing is built). Gallaty will identify a method for uncovering keshers, or hyperlinks from the New Testament to the Old Testament, by examining well known passages such as the Upper Room discourse in John 14, when Jesus said, "I'm coming back to get you," the feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus said, "If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink," and his encounter with Zacchaeus, when he said, "I've come to seek and save the lost." Finally, we will uncover what Jesus meant when he said, "You have turned my Father's house into a den of robbers," from a Hebraic perspective. Chapter 5: Following a Jewish Rabbi in the Kingdom of GodThroughout Jesus ministry, many messianic clues are imbedded in the miracles He performed. The Kingd