There is much excitement surrounding the discovery of the Jewish Roots of our Christian faith. Understanding this aspect of God's Word brings many things into perspective and it helps us connect the dots which have long been missing from our studies. With any new endeavor it is important to start right on a firm foundation so our faith is not based on urban myths, but on the rock of sound teaching.
My husband likes to use the term, "chew the hay and spit out the sticks." The caveat to this is that you first need to have a sound standard to asses the teaching you receive, otherwise you cannot tell the hay from the sticks. Therefore, we have selected a group of reputable books and resources to help you build your faith on the rock of solid teaching. I highly recommend that you take the time to invest in these resources. They are not only sound, but are life changing as well.
2 Timothy 2:15 advises us to, "Show yourself approved to God a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
1. Our Father Abraham by Marvin Wilson
This was the first book I read on Hebrew Roots. This book is at the top of just about every recommended reading list you will find. This is for good reason. Our Father Abraham lays a great foundation for understanding the connection between Jewish culture and scripture. This book is so impactful that it will leave you wanting more!
2. The Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern, Ph.D.
This Bible is a dynamic translation from the Hebrew text. Hebrew is such a rich language that it is often hard to find a one word equivalent for Hebrew words. Instead of trying to find one English word to equal the original Hebrew, he uses an explanatory phrase or the original Hebrew word, so the full context of a verse can be captured. It restores much of the Jewish content which has been obscured in translation and will make finding the Jewish context of scripture much easier.
3. Restoring the Jewishness of the Bible by David Stern, Ph.D.
You can only imagine how masterfully this book is written since David Stern is the man who translated the Complete Jewish Bible. In this book, he answers many questions about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. After reading this book, you will begin to understand the amazing time we are living in.
4. A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays by Robin Sampson and Linda Pierce
This is a hands on practical guide which educates the reader about the Biblical Holidays, Jesus’s fulfillment of them, and how we can celebrate them today. The Hebrew style of teaching is often learning through experience. This book will greatly increase your understanding of scripture as you take steps towards experiencing the Word and not just hearing about it. This book is written from a complete in Christ perspective and you will be given great tips on how you can celebrate the Biblical Holidays as the Holy Spirit leads you. This book is not written from a legalistic point of view, but a freedom in Christ point of view.
5. Family Sanctuary: Restoring the Biblically Hebraic Home by John D. Garr Ph.D.
This beautifully written book helps the reader discover God's original intent for family life and worship within the home. Dr. Garr provides life changing insights from our rich Hebraic heritage that will teach you how to build a strong family foundation. It will also guide you on how to create a spiritual inheritance mindset which can be passed on to future generations. This book inspired me beyond measure!
6. www.torahclass.com by Tom Bradford and other supporting authors
This is an intensive, online Bible study. You will want to begin with the Introduction to Genesis. Even though this study takes you chapter by chapter throughout the Torah, you will be studying the entire Bible as you go through it. This study is like being upgraded to a HDTV after watching a black and white television for years. It will add great richness and understanding to your Bible study like you have never experienced before.
This website is a trusted and comprehensive guide to the Hebrew language and is a very helpful guide for searching out Hebrew Root topics.
This is not an exhaustive list, but these recommendations will give you plenty of information for a great foundation.