Author Susan Renni Anderson grew up in a happy, multi-generational Jewish family. Her great-grandparents came to the United States from Eastern Europe fleeing the pogroms – horrific outbreaks of violence against the Jews. Her great-grandmother was the daughter of an outspoken rabbi. The whole family was whisked out of Russia to avoid capture and execution. Her grandparents were all born in the U.S. settling in Chicago. Susan started Sunday school at 3 years old. She attended Hebrew school from 4th through 9th grade training for her Bat Mitzvah.
In 2005 the Temple her family attended merged with another congregation and moved an hour away. Susan’s late husband traveled extensively for work. He typically flew home on Friday afternoons – too late to turn around and drive another hour to attend Shabbat services. It just became easier not to go. With no place to fellowship and worship with like-minded people, Susan began a faith-journey which led her to her church. She felt a tug of war going on in her soul. Susan knows with complete certainty that it was the Holy Spirit pulling her to Christ.
Susan Renni Anderson lives in northeast Georgia
For Christians, the old testament is mysterious and often unexplored. Judaism is something that happens to other people. This book offers a broad, yet basic, study of Judaism for Christians who are curious about the origins of their faith.
The entire Bible and every one of its authors were Jewish. Jesus was a Jewish teacher and his apostles were Jewish. Jesus spoke primarily to a Jewish audience. This study will seek to answer questions like:
• Who is a Jew?
• Do all Jews share the same beliefs?
• Why don’t Jews believe that Jesus was the Messiah?
• When did Jews become Christians?
Christians, Muslims and Jews all look to Abraham as their father. Both Christians and Jews look to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as our forefathers. Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah are our matriarchs. These are our common ancestors. God chose a people through who a Messiah could come. No other Jew in history has rivaled Jesus in the magnitude of his influence. The words and deeds of Jesus the Jew have been and are an inspiration to countless millions of men and women.
This study will explore how Jews pray. Readers will also explore how some of the Jewish prayer rituals are in practice in Christian churches everywhere. Communion has its roots in the Jewish blessings over wine and bread. At the last supper, Jesus the Jew took two of the most common prayers to instruct his disciples to remember him. The Christian Call to Confession has its roots in Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holy Day of Atonement. You can see baptism in the Jewish mikveh, the ritual bath.
As you might guess Jews and Christians look at the meaning of the Messiah differently. There is much Messianic prophecy in Jewish scripture. This study will guide Christians in their understanding that Jews look at the Messiah as more a question of what not who.
In Jewish Holy Days and Festivals, readers will explore Shabbat, the Sabbath Day. It has been said, “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” The Sabbath is one of the most sacred of the holy days of the calendar. Shabbat is the only Jewish holy day whose timing does not depend on the calendar. It is the only day of observance mentioned in the Ten Commandments.
This study will introduce The Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Readers will see Easter in the Passover as well as Pentacost in Shavuot.
Christianity’s Jewish Roots: A Study of Judaism for Christians is ideal for Bible studies, small groups, or individual study.
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