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Destiny Image Books by Daniel Juster

Israel, the Church, and the Last Days Jewish Roots Awakening the One New Man

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Jewish Roots

Under s ta ndi ng Y o ur J e w i s h F a i t h

Da niel J us t er Revised Edition

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© Copyright 2013–Daniel Juster All rights reserved. This book is protected by the copyright laws of the United States of America. This book may not be copied or reprinted for commercial gain or profit. The use of short quotations or occasional page copying for personal or group study is permitted and encouraged. Permission will be granted upon request. Unless otherwise identified, Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version. Scripture quotations marked RSV are taken from The Holy Bible, The Oxford Annotated Bible, Revised Standard Version Copyright © 1962, by Oxford University Press, Inc., Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Scripture quotations marked NKJV are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All emphasis is the author's own. DESTINY IMAGE® PUBLISHERS, INC. P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310 “Promoting Inspired Lives.” This book and all other Destiny Image, Revival Press, MercyPlace, Fresh Bread, Destiny Image Fiction, and Treasure House books are available at Christian bookstores and distributors worldwide. For a U.S. bookstore nearest you, call 1-800-722-6774. For more information on foreign distributors, call 717-532-3040. Reach us on the Internet: ISBN 13 TP: 978-0-7684-4203-8 ISBN 13 Ebook: 978-0-7684-8744-2 For Worldwide Distribution, Printed in the U.S.A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 / 17 16 15 14 13

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To the two most special women in my life: First of all, my late mother, Edith Christensen Juster, whose kindness and love toward Jewish people has been a major factor in my life; and to my wife, Patty, whose love and devotion in hard times and good times has been extraordinary; she is a remarkable wife and mother to our children and grandmother to our many grandchildren.

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Dan Juster’s writings have been a blessing to so many of us. His book Jewish Roots is a balanced and solid presentation that covers many of the most important themes of biblical theology and its connection to the original Jewish context for understanding the Bible. It is both informative and inspirational. I highly recommend it. Mike Bickle International House of Prayer Kansas City, MO

For over twenty-five years, Jewish Roots has been a valuable tool for discipleship and spiritual growth within the Messianic Jewish Movement and an excellent source of information for anyone interested in learning more about Messianic Judaism and the role of Israel and the Jewish people in the plan of God. This welcomed new addition will be a blessing to yet another generation as we face new challenges and engage new ideas. Rabbi Howard Silverman President, Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations

As a Gentile believer who longs to provoke the unbelieving Jew to jealousy, resulting in great harvest of souls, and leading

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to Messiah’s return—I urge any and all to carefully digest this work. It is anointed, scholarly, and necessary. Daniel Juster is inspired and called to take us together to discover God’s heart— a revelation to answer the high priestly prayer of Yeshua in John 17. Read on!

Bill McCartney Founder, Promise Keepers

Jewish Roots is a classic, a foundational treatise in understanding Messianic theology. John Dawson President Emeritus, Youth with a Mission It is worth it to gain at least an elementary grasp of this issue and its resolution. Two highly recommended books on the subject are Jewish Roots and Israel, the Church, and the Last Days by Dan Juster. Jack Hayford Senior Pastor, The Church on the Way Dan Juster is one of the most astute men I know, and his exposition of theology related to the Jewish roots of Christianity is not only scholarly, but powerfully enlightening as well. I would highly recommend any work that Dan puts his pen to. Jane Hansen Hoyt President and CEO, Aglow International A balanced, theological foundation for the Jewish roots of the Judeo-Christian faith is long overdue—but now has arrived! Dan is theologically sound, yet sensitive and balanced in addressing some very divisive issues (i.e., Sabbath, biblical diet, Christmas, Chanukah, Passover, and many others, that affect relationships

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between the Church and the Messianic Jewish community). This work is a profound contribution to destroying the reestablished dividing wall of hostility between Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah. A must-read for all believers!

Raleigh Washington, D.D. President and CEO, Promise Keepers

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Preface 1. See standard Israeli Dictionary under Messianic Jews in Hebrew (Yihu-dai Mishaheem) in public lecture by Luis Goldberg (Moody Bible Institute forum, 1981).

Chapter One 1. W.F. Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity (Garden City, NY: Double Day Anchor, 1957). See early chapters on pre-Abrahamic religion in the Near East. 2. Daniel Juster, The Irrevocable Calling, second edition (Clarksville, MD: Lederer, 2007), 5-9. 3. Several sources on this are Elmer Josephson Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption (Hillsburo, KS: Bible Light, 1974), see “circumcision” in Index; and S.I. McMillan, None of These Diseases (Westwood, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1958). 4. Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity. See material on Exodus and God’s name. 5. Dr. Walter Kaiser, former President of Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts, from my notes in a lecture in 1975 at American Messianic Fellowship in Chicago. 413

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Jewish Roots

6. See especially Kenneth Kitchen, Ancient Orient and Old Testament (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1966); and The Reliability of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1963); and Meredith Kline, Treaty of the Great King (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003); and The Structure of Biblical Authority (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1972). 7. Samuele Bacchiochi, From Saturday to Sunday (Rome: The Pontifical Gregorian University Press, 1977). Excellent summary of Adventists views with some solid conclusions and some questionable conclusions. 8. Samuel Schultz, Deuteronomy, the Gospel of Love (Chicago: Moody Press, 1973); and The Gospel of Moses (New York: Harper and Row, 1974). 9. George Ladd, New Testament Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1993), 497ff. Ladd was one of the world’s most renowned evangelical New Testament scholars. 10. Juster, The Irrevocable Calling, 12-14. Pirque Avot in the Talmud notes that the Temple preserved the world. 11. Elmer Josephson, Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption (Hillsburo, KS: Bible Light, 1974), 219ff. He is one of the few popular Christian writers who comprehend this. 12. Edwin Yamiuchi shows in E.T.S. Journal that the usual linguistic identification of Gog, Magog, Meshech, and Tubal to the Soviet Union is suspect. 13. See John Walvoord, The Millenial Kingdom (Grand Rapids, MI: Dunham, 1959), who argues cogently for a sacrificial system. 14. On this, see the excellent article by Carl Armerding—“An Evangelical Understanding of Israel” in Evangelicals and Jews in Conversation. 15. Markus Bockmuehl, Jewish Law in Gentile Churches; also David Rudolph has a Cambridge PhD thesis which 414

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About Daniel Juster

Dr. Daniel Juster is the director of Tikkun Ministries and the senior pastor of Beth Messiah Congregation. He hungered for more knowledge of the Messiah, of his own Jewish roots, and of the role of the Church in Israel’s salvation. His search led him through five Bible colleges, four degrees, and nearly three decades of intensive study.

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Israel, the Church and the Last Days



From Iraq to Armageddon



Revelation: The Passover Key



Jewish Roots



Growing to Maturity



Jewishness and Jesus



The Apple of His Eye



Covenant Relationships



Dynamics of Spiritual Deception



Due Process


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Jewish Roots (Second Edition)  

Jewish Roots presents the fundamentals regarding biblical theology, Israel and the Church, the Jewish people, the Messianic Jewish community...