Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Authors: Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein & Dr. Tremper Longman III
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
With two thirds of the Bible being the Old Testament and one third the New Testament, it makes sense to blend Jewish with Christian backgrounds in a daily devotional based on Jesus Christ. In The One Year Holy Land Moments Devotional by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Dr. Tremper Longman III, the roots of Israel’s history, culture and land interweaves with Christian teaching.
With insights from an Orthodox rabbi who lives in Jerusalem and a professor of Biblical studies in California, the three hundred and eighty-five page paperback book is divided by fifty-two weeks with six daily topics and a seventh day review. Also included are Scriptural and topical indexes along with authors’ biographies.
Each one page day of the week’s reading lists a topic with an Old Testament Bible verse. Then there are several paragraphs written from a Jewish perspective, followed by one or two paragraphs of Christian reflection, usually with a New Testament verse. The NLT is the most commonly used translation with excerpts from the NIV, KJV, NKVM, ESV and NASB versions.
Gleaning from Old Testament Scriptures, one can read about Jewish topics such as Jerusalem Day, King David, or the Western Wall to Masada, the Temple Mount, the Dead Sea, or how Jesus walked in the Holy Land over two thousand years ago.
For example, take week twenty-five where day one is titled “The Antidote of Despair” about David writing about evildoers while God is in control. Day two is “Advice From a Wise Guy” mentioning Solomon’s wisdom and how it is meaningless without God being first. “How Are You Spending Yourself” on day three discusses Pesach and Rosh Hashanah and giving to others. While the Jews recite Shema twice a day, day four’s “I Pledge Allegiance” promotes the Trinity in the Christian section. The fifth day’s devotional, “Let It Be a Reminder,” explains the Jewish tefillin as a remembrance of submission of mind, heart, and actions to God. The sixth day is “No Place Like Home” about the mezuzah and how reminders can keep the focus on Christ. The final day of the week is “Sabbath Reflections” asking three questions about these Jewish concepts and items and how they affect one’s faith and daily life.
This would be a great book for a “Messianic” Jew to relate to his or her roots and religion while learning more about Yeshua or for a Christian to learn more deeply about Old Testament and Jewish traditions.
This book was furnished through Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.