Fig Tree Institute

Re-establish the Hebraic Roots of Christianity

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"Messianic Prophecies in Historical Succession" by Franz Delitzsch

It is undeniable, and is universally recognized, that in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, One divinely anointed, a Messiah, who is to go forth from Israel, is promised and hoped for, who makes His people victorious and powerful, and who from them extends His dominion to a world dominion. The Jews still look for this Messiah; Christianity sees the promise fulfilled in Jesus. This Jesus is regarded by Christians as the promised Messiah. Christianity is the same as the religion of the Messiah, the religion which has the Christ, who appeared in Jesus, as its principle and center.

Christianity claims to be the religion which is being prepared in the history and word and writing of the Old Testament. Even when we call it the New Testament religion, we thus recognize that it is the religion of a covenant which has taken the place of the old, but not without having the old as a first step, and not without standing in connection with it as the fruit with the tree, the child with the mother.

This is a delightful theme, a joyful work, in which the author proposed to be absorbed. The Messiah is in the process of coming in the Old Testament, in drawing near, in proclaiming His appearance, and we design to transport ourselves into this Old Testament period, and follow the steps of the One who is coming, pursue the traces of the One who is drawing near, seek out the shadows which He casts upon the way of His Old Testament history, and especially seek to understand the intimations of prophecy respecting Him.

"The Synagogue and the Church" by Joshua L. BernardNothing is of more importance than that we should have right notions respecting a Christian Church, its Constitution, Regulation, Ministry and Services, — if we would avoid the extremes of disregarding Church ordinances on the one hand, or of unduly extolling them on the other. Scripture has given us no direct information in a systematic form; there are, indeed, incidental allusions to it, and we find a divine sanction clearly given to regular Christian communities; but we have no express declaration as to what should be their constitution. It will be of use, then, to inquire into the constitution and practices of the Jewish Synagogue, and to ascertain whether, and how far, Christian Churches were formed on that model — were, in fact, of the character of Christianized Synagogues.

Vitringa, who pursued this inquiry with much diligence and much success, was horn at Lewarden, in Friesland, in the year 1659. At an early age he learned Hebrew and Greek, and acquired such a knowledge of these languages, as to be able to read the Scriptures in the originals. In 1682 he obtained theology degree at University of Leyden, and in 1693 he was made professor of sacred history. He passed the last years of his life in constant suffering, and died of apoplexy, in 1722, aged sixty-three years, leaving behind him several works, the most important of which is this book now presented to the public in a condensed form by Joshua L. Bernard.
"The Hebrew-Christian Messiah" by A. Lukyn Williams, D.D.This book (consists of 12 Lectures) is, in the first place, an attempt to understand the motives with which the author of the First Gospel composed his book, and to interpret his words in the sense in which he desired the contemporary believers of his own race to apprehend them. This is not easy for us who live in the twentieth century, and have been brought up in Christian and non-Jewish surroundings. But the attempt must be made.

Secondly, they desire to be more than only academic, and, as occasion offers, to expound the teaching of St. Matthew in its relation to ourselves. In this there is nothing new. Almost every commentator on the Gospel, perhaps every single one before the nineteenth century, has tried to draw out some of its moral and spiritual lessons for the men of his own day. The only direction in which the writer can hope to have anything fresh to bring forward is to be found in the light which the First Gospel sheds when it is studied, so far as may be possible, in the spirit, and from the point of view, of its Hebrew-Christian author.

Thirdly, the writer hopes that incidentally his work may be of service in the cause of presenting Christ to the Jews of today, whether by a more exact statement to them of the nature of portions of Christian truth than is generally offered, or by a clearer elucidation to Christians of the difficulties felt by many Jews in accepting Jesus as their Messiah.
"The Conflict of The Church and The Synagogue" by James ParkesThe specific forms of antisemitism with which the modern world is acquainted - ranging from genocide to social exclusion - emerge out of the distant past of Western culture. Although it is customary to ascribe the birth of modern antisemitism to the rise of urban, commercial civilizations in the late Middle Ages, it has in fact an older history.

To fix the origins of antisemitism it is necessary, argues James Parkes, to begin with the Jews in the Roman world, and to trace their passage through Roman pagan and Roman Christian civilizations into the beginning of the Middle Ages. The Conflict of the Church and the Synagogue unfolds the history of Jewish intellectual and religious interaction with the pagan world, with nascent Christianity, and later with Byzantium and Visigothic Spain, exploring the legal, social, political, and theological underpinnings of Christian antisemitism and Jewish response.
"The Religion and Worship of the Synagogue" by W.O.E. Oesterley and G.H.Box1. In planning the present volume the writers have endeavored to keep in view the requirements more especially of Christian readers and students. For long the need of a popular Handbook dealing with Judaism in a comprehensive way, in a manner adequate to the theme and to the attainments of modern research, has been patent.

2. To Christian theologians, whose interests are absorbed in the investigation of the beginnings of Christianity, the study of Judaism as a living whole as a vital organism with a soul and genius of its own is also of supreme importance. We feel bound to express our conviction that the failure to appreciate this aspect of the matter has been responsible in the past for much one-sided and defective exegesis of the New Testament.

3. To the large and growing class of intelligent readers who take a human interest in all that is human for its own sake, and to whom the fact that Jews and Judaism occupy so conspicuous a place in the modern world must make its appeal.
"Israel's Inalienable Possesions -
The Gifts and the Calling of God Which
are Without Repentance" by David Baron
David Baron (1857-1926), a leader in the Messianic Judaism movements of the Jewish Enlightenment period in Europe, gives the significance of the name "Israel" and goes to the prophetic scripture in the Tanakh and B'rit Chadashah (New Testament) to reveal the import of why the gifts and calling of God to Israel will be irrevocably fulfilled in the future. Download
"The Servant of Jehovah -
The Sufferings of
the Messiah
and the Glory That Should Follow"

by David Baron
An expostion of Isaiah 53. This book consists of two parts. In the first part David Baron laid the foundation on which the Messianic interpretation of the prophecies concerning the Servant of Jehovah in the Book of Isaiah is based; in the second part, a continuous exposition of the great Scripture that forms the subject of the whole, consummates with the exaltation and glory of the Righteous Servant after His sufferings.Download
"God's True Love" by David Harwood in
Traditional Chinese
What if the nature of God’s love for you is different than you think? What if it is better, stronger, and more genuine?
What if knowing God’s love is meant to be the foundation
of your life? What if God’s love for the world is more intense
than you expect? Wouldn’t you want to know?

God’s True Love unveils the love of God in a way that helps the reader to transformational understandings of self, God and others. Receptive hearts will be inspired to abide in the love of God more fully, share the unfathomable quality of the personal love of God, and see the value of the people around them with new eyes. It presents an uncompromising interpretation of God’s radically specific love for humanity. For more information on "God's True Love", please visit "The Love of God Project"
"God's True Love" (神的真爱) by David Harwood in Simplified Chinese试想如果神对你的爱比你想像的不同?

神的真爱揭示上帝的爱,引导读者根新的了解神, 自我, 和他人。感受性的心灵将从这本书得到启发,充分遵守神的爱,分享个人对神深不可测的爱,并用正确的眼光看待我们周围的人的价值。

神的真爱 这本书的焦点是神的爱。它应用发人深省的方式挑战普遍接受的观点,并提供了神对人类的爱一个全面和具体的解释。读者如希望能更深入的了解神的丰盛并且无限的爱,这本书是献给你的最好的援助。