Recommended Reading

Initial books in the list are what I call fundamental necessities: Books recommended to correct contemporary Christianity’s terribly false teachings.  They also assist in learning Torah (God’s teachings) as it is really meant to be understood, thus correcting the errors of counterfeit Messianism’s embrace of the “God in the flesh” idolatry. This “fundamental” list will grow. Other books not listed among the “fundamentals” are likewise important and could be listed with them; however, I separated these because of their importance in grasping the ACTUAL intent of Scripture beyond the common and tragically incorrect “simple” and anti-Torah interpretation of the Bible common to Christianity.

 

  • Feldheim Publishers Any of the “Torah Classics” books from this site are extremely valuable in providing an understanding of God’s truth, and the others are also good. The direct link to their Torah classics is http://www.feldheim.com/mussar-growth-and-inspiration/torah-classics-library.html
    The Feldheim site insures that you will get legitimate, “kosher” material based upon authentic truth. Some of the books from that site are among those listed below. I think all or most of the books on the Feldheim site can also be obtained from Amazon.com. Basically any book listed can probably be obtained from there.

 

  • Mishneh Torah – by Moses Maimonides (RAMBAM) – (Multi-volume series – not for the casual reader) The Rambam’s tombstone states: “From Moshe to Moshe, there was no one like Moshe “. Moshe Rabeinu gave the Jewish people the Torah. Moshe Ben Maimon, the Rambam, wrote the Mishneh Torah to serve as “a compilation of the entire Oral Law, including the ordinances, customs, and decrees that were enacted from the time of Moses, our teacher, until the completion of the Talmud,” so that “a person will not need another text at all with regard to any Jewish law.” This monumental work enables “a person to first study the Written Law, and then study this text and comprehend the entire Oral Law from it”.Mishneh Torah means “repetition of the Torah”. It was intended to provide a simple and comprehensive documenting of all the Torah, including Oral Torah and Rabbinic decrees. It is actually easy to read; however, since it encompasses multiple volumes it is a very lengthy study. It is also quite expensive to acquire the entire set. It was written in such a way so as to provide virtually everything one needs to grasp Torah. If you’ve ever read the Talmud you will understand why a much easier and better structured set of writings is extremely useful. To this day Rambam is very highly revered within Judaism as one of the foremost Torah scholars who has ever lived. Can be obtained from Amazon.com

 

  • The Talmud(Multi-volume series – not for the casual reader) The core of Torah thought. It will cost you quite a bit to acquire the entire Talmud. I do not agree with all that is within it just as I do not agree with all that is within any book with the exception of the Tanakh. Nevertheless, the Talmud holds a central place in Torah thought. The best translation by far is the Koren Talmud Bavli which is not even complete since it is still being translated. Books composing this large multi-volume set of writings are released and shipped as they are completed in both .PDF and text format. What makes it so good is the enormous amount of study aids and explanation within the material. In my opinion it has accomplished what the aforementioned Mishneh Torah also set out to accomplish. It has made study of the Talmud far easier and therefore more available to a wider audience for study. I have not studied all the Talmud. May God grant me the time and energy to do so, and if that blessing is granted the Koren Talmud Bavli is what I will read. I also have the Soncino publications version of the Talmud. The Koren Talmud Bavli is definitely superior.

 

  • The Guide to the Perplexed - 1The Guide to the Perplexed - 2The Guide Of The Perplexed – (2 Volume Set) – by Moses Maimonides (RAMBAM) with lengthy introductory essays by Leo Strauss, translated by Shlomo Pines. Publisher: University Of Chicago Press. Be sure to get the specific publication mentioned and not another. There are multiple translations of this outstanding work, but this may be the best. The first volume is currently available for the Kindle reader. Having said that, a full Kindle version is available from a separate publisher; therefore, you will do well to get which ever version you prefer just so long as it is the full translation of the entire work.This monument of exegesis written at the end of the twelfth century has exerted an immense and continuing influence upon truthful Biblical thought. The depth, spirituality, and wisdom in this book are beyond words. Within this writing numerous important terms are clarified. For example, terms which indicate that God possesses corporeality (human or physical characteristics) are explained as they are meant, which is figurative. Many equivocal words (words with multiple meanings) are also explained with explanation as to where each of the words many uses is applied. Basically, this writing is an essential guide to proper reading of Scripture. It is a superb and MUCH needed instruction book regarding Biblical interpretation methods. This is a “must have” writing for anyone seriously interested in escaping from the infestation of interpretation errors common to the inept and anti-Torah fundamental mindset of Christianity.It is not a book for one simply wanting a comfortable read. Instead, as with the other fundamental books I recommend, it is only for people who are serious about their faith and search for truth. It was specifically written by Maimonides to only serious students of Scripture and was not expected to be read by the masses who are generally not interested in devoting themselves to the extent necessary for grasping the truths of God’s ways. The majority population of “ignoramuses”, as Maimonides accurately puts it, will have no desire for this book due to their unwillingness to truly devote themselves in their search for truth. Its aim is to liberate people from the tormenting perplexities arising from their understanding of the Bible due to their inability or lack of desire to understand beyond the Bible’s simple, literal meaning. Note that almost 1/2 of the first volume is discussion by Leo Strauss and an introduction by Shlomo Pines with the actual “Guide” beginning after their remarks.

 

  • Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar – by Alan Morinis. Mussar and other forms of aggadah are what constitutes much of the “New Testament”. Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to this spiritual path. The core teaching of Mussar is that our deepest essence is inherently pure and holy, but this inner radiance is obscured by extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. Our work in life is to uncover the brilliant light of the soul. The Mussar masters developed transformative teachings and practices—some of which are contemplative, some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily life—to help us to heal and refine ourselves.

 

  • The Way of GodThe Way of God – by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. A “must read” for those wishing to understand the inner essence of Torah. Explores Divine regulation of the world with Rabbi Yosef Begun’s marginal notes. Has vowelized, facing Hebrew and English texts. “The Way of God” is not a modern book, but one that has become something of a classic in systematic expositions of Judaic/Hebraic thought. Written by Rabbi Luzzatto, a Master of Torah’s inner essence, “The Way of God” has become available in English thanks to Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. This book, when studied, is for someone who wishes to understand the context of Judaic/Hebraic thought and what its fundamental beliefs are. It is concise, to the point, and will leave you with an in-depth insight.Though those within Judaism would not like to hear this and may differ, I find that this book as well as the following other “Judaica” books helps tremendously in understanding what the New Testament is really teaching and how a follower of “Christ” (Yeshua the Messiah) should really practice their faith. Remember, the NT was written by Jews with Paul (as well as Yeshua, of course) – undoubtedly expertly versed in all aspects of Torah – as a primary contributor. You want to truly understand Paul from his Judaic/Hebraic perspective instead of traditional Christianity’s antisemitic, anti-Torah Greek/Roman perspective? Then get this book. It and the others also go into depth on many issues for which all (including Christians) desperately want answers that the New Testament either does not mention or only touches upon.

 

  • The Path of the Justby Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, translated by Yosef Liebler. Another classic work by Luzzatto that takes one through the steps to become a deeply righteous servant of God. This book is not for the slothful servant of God. It discusses the means – the very difficult means – for one to become a “tzaddik”, which is roughly translated a “righteous one” but actually infers a much deeper level of righteousness and devotion to God than most people would imagine. It is a level few achieve; nevertheless, if you truly wish to devote yourself completely to God and think you are up to the task then this book is a must-have. If you get this book you should also obtain the 3 volume Tanya series listed a few selections down the list.

 

  • In the Shadow of the Ladder: Introductions to Kabbalahby Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, translated by Mark Cohen PhD and Yedidah Cohen. This authentic translation into English of two texts regarding Torah’s inner essence. Do not be put-off by the “Kabbalah” word. Christianity GROSSLY misrepresents Kabbalah. Kabbalah IS Torah at its deepest level – literally the “inner essence” – the Chokma HaEmet (The True Wisdom) – of Torah. It’s that simple! Christianity despises anything “Torah” based, which is why for centuries Kabbalah and other Torah based teachings have been deceitfully slandered and falsely represented by the antisemitic, anti-Torah mindset that has defined Christianity since the fourth century. It is translated into English from Hebrew and asks deeply personal questions about the essence of an individual and the existence of a soul. Discussing the experience of an individual and the role of humans in creation, it offers an understanding of the places of evil, suffering, compassion, and joy in the full experience of divine love.The Kabbalah is presented here not as an esoteric study limited to the divinely inspired, but as a universal pathway of the spirit. Coming from the West rather than the East, this book fills a long-awaited gap as it teaches an essential spirituality within the conceptual framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

 

  • A Tapestry for the Soul: The Introduction to the Zohar – by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, translated and compiled by Yedidah Cohen. A Tapestry for the Soul is an expanded study guide for the previous book and takes that book, In the Shadow of the Ladder as its main thread, from its beginning to its end. Excerpts from Rabbi Ashlag’s other writings are skillfully placed throughout, in order to explain that book in depth. This is a totally innovative way of teaching. The benefits thus obtained include the fact that the reader can follow Rabbi Ashlag’s thought directly, without the need for an intermediary to explain his ideas, thus enabling direct contact between the Master Rabbi and the reader. Now, even the beginner is able to learn from authentic texts which discuss Torah’s inner essence.

 

  • Nefesh Hachaim: Rav Chaim of Volozhin’s Classic Exploration of the Fundamentals of Jewish Belief by Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Finkel (Translator). In Nefesh Hachaim, Rav Chaim of Volozhin — foremost disciple of the Vilna Gaon — shares his outlook on many fundamental Judaic/Hebraic beliefs. The themes he deals with are many and varied. He discusses the profound impact that obedience and prayers have on the universe; an understanding of berachos (blessings), the nature of the soul and of Olam Haba (the World to Come), and whether man is greater than the angels, to name just a few.

 

  • The Guide to Serving God by ben HaRambam (Author), Rabbeinu Avraham (son of Maimonides) Author. Translated into English from Judaeo-Arabic. A jewel in the crown of the Feldheim Torah Classics Library! This awe-inspiring work written in Judaeo-Arabic and completed around the year 1230 by the illustrious son of Maimonides, Rabbeinu Avraham, is now available for the first time in English translation with a facing Hebrew version of the original text. Famed for his appointment as Rais al-Yahud, leader of the Jews, at the age of eighteen, Rabbeinu Avraham was the undisputed leader of the Jewish people of his time. In this masterpiece, he directs the reader in how to attain the level of chasid, a person who strives to go beyond the minimal requirements of the law to experience a strong sense of closeness and intimacy with God. Crafting this clear and brilliant English translation was a formidable challenge, and one that the translator devoted many years to undertake successfully. This treasure has remained hidden until now, but we are privileged to receive it in our own times glittering with wisdom and purity, authored by a saintly scholar whose powerful words can help us change and refine the course of our own lives. With a fascinating biography of Rabbeinu Avraham, extensive footnotes, a citation index of the text, as well as an index of references the author makes to the works of his father, the Rambam.

 

  • Palm Tree of Devorah – by Moshe Cordevero (Author) and translated by Moshe Miller – The rather short discussion in this book is absolutely priceless. It is an excellent book for anyone wanting to understand the 13 attributes of God and how to emulate them so as to become “like” God. For a Christian it would be a teaching of how to become “Christlike” since Messiah, himself, obtained this level of perfection and thereby became “one” with his and our God. In the spiritual realms “nearness” is defined by “likeness.” From this book as well as others I list on this site that “nearness” becomes more and more achievable.

 

  • Ways of the Tzaddikim – by Gavriel Zaloshinsky (Editor) and Shraga Silverstein (Translator) – A treasured classic on character refinement. This is a newly researched, corrected, and annotated and vowelized Hebrew edition with a contemporary English translation. It discusses refining character traits and maintaining a balance in all matters. The depth, purity and profound insight of the teachings leaves one in awe of the just how much there is to learn regarding Divine service. Anyone who would view this book negatively must be wicked since only a wicked person would ever miss the holy nature of the material. There is so much that can be said about this book but few words that can be found to properly explain its worth. As with others listed here, only by reading it can anyone possibly grasp its value.

 

  • Duties of the Heart (2-Volume Set) – by R. Bachya ben Joseph ibn Paquda (Author). A new English translation of the 11th-century ethical classic which explores faith, service to God, understanding God’s ways, and profound insights into human nature. Vowelized Hebrew text with facing English translation for ease-of-use. This is one of the great ethical classics. Its aim is to teach how to serve God devotedly in all that we do. Though it was written in the eleven century it is still today a powerful guide in how we can live meaningful lives by service of God. On reading it I think the most critical skeptic will realize the writer was a deeply holy soul very in touch with God. One can only be impressed by the incredible simplicity and sensibility of this work. It smacks of truth and after reading this classic gem one comes to realize being religious is much more than the actions we do, and it highlights actions done without true motives are hypocritical and distasteful. Just as others listed here, you can buy this book and keep on reading it the rest of your days – Wonderful a must read for any person interested in finding a true path and appreciation for our existence in this temporary and corrupt world starving for The Eternal’s presence once again.

 

  • Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day: The Concepts and Laws of Proper Speech Arranged for Daily Study – by Shimon Finkelman (Author) and Yitzchak Berkowitz (Author). What we say carries tremendous impact – not just on ourselves and others, but on all of creation. We ALL need to learn to avoid “loshon hora” (evil talk). We all do it, some more than others, and it is perhaps the single most difficult problem to overcome. Shemiras Haloshon (guarding the tongue) is extremely difficult. This book explores the issue in depth and provides useful ways to win the battle with our own tongues. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1839-1933) named his book Chafetz Chaim after verses in Psalms 34:13-14, “Who is the man who desires life (the Hebrew is chafetz chaim), who loves a life of seeing good? Let him guard his tongue from evil.” He was 28 years old when he began to write it and finished it when he was 33. He noted that many people observed all or most of what the Torah mandated, but still caused harm to others with their speech. He points out that words can lead to unjustified hatred and bloodshed. He identified 31 biblical commands that slander violated. He also wrote a second volume on the subject called Shemiras Halashon, “Care of speech” or “Guarding the tongue”, in which he describes the sayings of ancient rabbis on the subject of speech. It is said that in his old age, when he needed a hearing aid, he refused to wear one. He saw this inability to hear well as a blessing, for it cut him off from hearing criticisms of other people.

 

  • 1) Opening the Tanya, 2) Learning from the Tanya, 3) Understanding the Tanya – by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz – (THREE VOLUME SERIES) Written by the great Hasidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in the late eighteenth century, the Tanya is considered to be one of the most extraordinary books of moral teachings ever written. A seminal document in the study of the inner essence of Torah, the Tanya explores and solves the dilemmas of the human soul by arriving at the root causes of its struggles. Though it is a classic Jewish spiritual text, the Tanya and its present commentary take a broad and comprehensive approach that is not specific to Judaism nor tied to a particular personality type or time or point of view. It discusses the “benoni” or “in between” person – not a tzaddik (righteous one) and not a “rasha” (evil person). A benoni is a more common character type among those of us who wish to serve God – a person whose character rests between the tzaddik and rasha but, hopefully, closer to a tzaddik. It does not reduce the need to seek to become a tzaddik, but defines one who struggles daily to overcome sin and to be pleasing to The Most High God. The benoni discussion gives hope and peace to those of us who, despite our efforts, just can’t seem to live up to the very high standards of a tzaddik as we wage war continuously against our own evil inclination.

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  • Defending the Apostle Paul: Weighing the Evidence – by Paul F. Herring. This book may be THE best of many I have read through which a typical person can finally come to understand Paul in the proper context. The reasons are largely because: 1) it is concise, 2) not overly burdensome to read, 3) the author’s opinion is very well argued, 4) he draws from extensive and well researched material authored by some of the best scholars and experts ever, 5) it is properly derived from Paul’s ACTUAL Hebraic based world view instead of the Greco-Roman world view of traditional Constantinian Christianity, and 6) it is a short enough writing to not tire the reader. Its relatively short discussion size compared to other massive, burdensome discussions on the same subject is a big reason I like it so much since it makes the subject more easily understood by a wider audience.

 

  • The Doctrine of the Trinity – Christianity’s Self-Inflicted Wound, by Sir Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting. This book totally demolishes the unscriptural Doctrine of the Trinity. Buzzard and Hunting leave no stone unturned and present an absolutely irrefutable case proving beyond doubt that Jesus (Yeshua) is not God.  If you are one of the very tiny minority of Christians and Messianics that are actually seeking God and Truth you should definitely read this book.  This book is SO devastating to the Trinity, that its availability is hidden from Christians.  Trinitarians do NOT want this book’s existence to become common knowledge, and most Traditional Christians and Christianized Messianics refuse to even read it, thus proving their insincerity.

 

  • Our Fathers Who Aren’t in Heaven, The Forgotten Christianity of Jesus the Jew, by Sir Anthony Buzzard.  This is another “MUST READ!” book that exposes the age-old concealment by traditional Christianity of the TRUE “gospel of the Kingdom” message.  This book will inspire you and leave you weeping with joy in anticipation of the glorious coming Kingdom of God on earth with Yeshua the Messiah as the rightful ruler of the world.  It is likely that when you read this book you will realize that it marks the first time that you have ever experienced the true “gospel” message even if you have been a Christian for decades.  I can think of no other book, other than Scripture, that is more crucial for you to read.

 

  • When Jesus Became God, The Epic Fight over Christ’s Divinity in the Last Days of Rome, by Richard Rubenstein – This is another book that exposes the censored truth of the first 4 centuries regarding the issue of the deity of Yeshua. Although it is written as a novel, it is based on historic fact. Therefore, though it reads like a fictional book of political intrigue, it is actually non-fiction. His choice of writing style was chosen to make the material more enjoyable and entertaining to those who consider the study of history or the Bible boring.

 

  • One God and One Lord, Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith, by Mark H. Graeser, John A. Lynn, and John W. Schoenheit – Yet another outstanding book that presents over 600 pages of discussion to prove that Messiah (“christ”) is NOT God.  As I read it I noticed a LOT of my arguments, as well the approach I take on this website, within this book.  However, I differ dramatically with the authoring organization’s other dominant traditional Christian beliefs, such as that torah (the Law) is no longer in affect, that “Jesus” is the correct name for Messiah, their embrace of the doctrine of “once saved always saved,” their embrace of the foundational error of “hereditary sin,” and a whole host of other errors.  Some of these errors are interspersed throughout the book.

 

  • Christology in the Making, A New Testament Inquiry into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation, by James D. G. Dunn

 

  • The Theology of Paul the Apostle, by James D. G. Dunn – This book presents extensive insight into Paul’s teachings – insight that proves many traditional Christian ideas of “Pauline theology” to be gravely and tragically incorrect. If you wish to truly undertake an indepth study of Paul’s teachings, this book is a great place to start.  He has written several books, such as the one previously listed, and you should seriously consider obtaining all of his books if you wish to elevate your knowledge of Scripture.

 

  • What the Rabbis Know About the Messiah, by Rachmiel Frydland.  This book is useful when combating counter missionaries and others who hate Yeshua the Messiah and the ONLY true Scriptural faith – Monotheistic Messianism.

 

  • Jesus the Jewish Theologian, by Dr. Brad Young – Dr. Young highlights what most Christian leaders prefer to conceal – the purely Hebraic foundation of ALL Yeshua’s (Jesus) teachings.

 

  • Paul the Jewish Theologian, by Dr. Brad Young – Dr. Young disproves the traditional anti-Torah interpretation most theologians apply to Paul’s writings, instead showing Paul to be a strong PROPONENT of the PROPER application of Torah in the lives of ALL believers.

 

  • Christianity in Talmud & Midrash, by R. Travers Herford.  Provides examples of references (I would say possible examples) to the Messianic faith in these foundational Judaic texts. The author probably goes a bit too far with his assumptions, and a true Talmud scholar would no doubt differ with many of his claims.

 

  • The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, edited by Rabbi Hertz and published by Soncino Press.  This is my personal favorite Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy) Commentary.

 

  • JPS Torah Commentary Set, Jewish Publication Society (Genesis – Deuteronomy).  This is a 5 volume set that is PACKED with LOTS of historic, archeological, and – of course – Hebraic truths.  It is also among the most recently published Torah commentaries.

 

  • The Chumash, The Stone Edition, published by Artscroll.  This is another excellent Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy) commentary with a bit more of an Orthodox interpretation.

 

  • The Soncino Chumash, another Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy) commentary, this one is published by Soncino Press. YOU CANNOT HAVE TOO MUCH TORAH STUDY MATERIAL!

 

  • From Time Immemorial – The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, by Joan Peters.  Critical acclaim for From Time Immemorial, the landmark best seller that has changed forever the debate about the conflicting claims of the Arabs and the Jews in the Middle East:

    “Joan Peters strikes a heavy blow against the broad consensus about ‘the Palestinians’ and the assumption that Palestinian rights are at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict…From Time Immemorial supplies abundant justification for reversing the moral and legal presumptions that have cast Israel in the role of defendant before the court of world opinion.” – William V. O’Brien, Georgetown University.”Every political issue claiming the attention of a world public has its ‘experts’ – news managers, anchor men, ax grinders, and anglers.  The great merit of this book is to demonstrate that, on the Palestinian issue, those experts speak from utter ignorance.  Millions of people the world over, smothered by false history and propaganda, will be grateful for this clear account of the origins of the Palestinians.” – Saul Bellow

    “Contains much valuable information …deserving the attention of anyone seriously concerned with the Palestinian problem.” – S. D. Goitein, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

  • Terrorist Hunter : The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America by Rita Katz (called “Anonymous” when book was first published.   Rita Katz, Director of the SITE Institute, is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in the United States on terrorism. She has studied, tracked, and analyzed international terrorists and their financial operations. Respected as an expert in her field, her analysis and commentary on terrorism issues have repeatedly appeared in prominent media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Canada’s National Post, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

 

  • The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture by Bart D. Ehrman.   Dr. Ehrman exposes a truth very few Christians ever discover and are never told by their preachers.  He presents concrete evidence of scribal manipulation in the creation of what we now call the New Testament.  In this book he focuses particularly on how the fight over the orthodox teachings on the “divinity” of Messiah influenced scribes to “edit” the Greek manuscripts to reflect the “winning” side’s views.  Several of the “proof passages” used by Trinitarians were subject to this editing.  Despite what most believe, the first 3 centuries were NOT dominated by those that considered Yeshua to be God.  If you are actually sincere in your search for truth this book is for you.  If you wish to remain in the darkness of deception and censorship of the facts, then stay far from this writing.

 

  • Bibles – Please read the article Choosing a Bible if you haven’t done so already.
    • The Key Word Study Bible (KJV or NASB) – This Bible is a “one stop shop” approach to Bible study.  In this one publication you get Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, Grammatical Codes on “Key Words” in the New Testament, “Key Words” coded to Strong’s numbers in the entire Bible text, and more.  It allows you to double check the translation against the original Hebrew and Greek since many of the “Key Words” are coded to their Strong’s numbers or verb usage (grammatical codes).  Using it, for instance, I found that many of the verbs in the KJV are translated to reflect the Calvinistic/OSAS bias of the KJV translators.  Instead of translating into the true continuous tense (showing one must “continue” in active faith) they often chose to make the verbs appear in the present or past tense.  Unfortunately, as with most “Study Bibles”, you have VERY biased commentary interspersed throughout; however, it is not as intrusive as most others.  I feel this is the best Bible available for anyone interested in true study of Scripture as long as the author’s embrace of the eternally deadly false teaching of “eternal security” (once saved, always saved) is ignored.  It is an awesome achievement, particularly since all the inline stuff is done so well that it doesn’t make the text appear cluttered.  If this Bible was free of commentary it would be almost perfect.
    • The Complete Key Word Old Testament – This is the same as above except since it only covers the Tanakh (Old Testament) virtually EVERY single word has Strong’s or grammatical codes assigned.  I have only found it in the KJV.
    • The Complete Key Word New Testament – This is the same as above except since it only covers the New Testament virtually EVERY single word has Strong’s Greek numbers or grammatical codes assigned.  I have only found it in the KJV.  This will REALLY give you a “COMPLETE” capability to study.
    • Suggested Bible Versions – I discuss Bible versions in an article on choosing a Bible.
      • King James Version – I prefer this one ONLY because there is such a huge wealth of study tools available which I will list below.  As a translation I feel it shows a slight translator bias.  One common error within the KJV New Testament is its failure to properly translate verbs into their continuous tense.  Nevertheless, given the study tools which are based upon it, all the translator bias and errors can be easily corrected, especially using the Key Word Bibles.
      • The NET Bible – This is one of the more recent translations. What sets it apart from all others is the breadth and depth of translator’s notes that are included which allows the reader to view various alternate renderings and other important scholarly notes. As a result, the reader gets a more comprehensive grasp of a passages true meaning. It is my personal choice for an English translation; however, as with all other Bible translations, it is obviously not perfect.
      • New American Standard Version (NASB) – This is NOT the same as the Updated NASB.  If the original NASB is uvavailable, which it may be due to it being replaced by the “Updated” NASB, then the Updated version is also good.  However, I am not as happy with the more recent “Updated” NASB because the publisher seems to have removed some of the extremely helpful notes which show the various alternate renderings. The Updated version also appears to be less Literal (word-for-word translation) than the original and appears to gravitate towards a “dynamic equivalence” approach.
      •  The Scriptures, also published by The Institute for Scripture Research, is an excellent Bible translation – particularly of the New Testament.  I highly recommend this Bible translation.  However, beware as you read the Tanakh (Old Testament) of the sometimes incorrect rendering of Hebrew word Adonai (Strong’s No. 136) into the Tetragrammaton (“YHVH” – Strong’s No. 3068), despite the fact Adonai is a completely different Hebrew word than YHVH!  Though their intent is honorable and sincere, this decision by the translators to replace Adonai with YHVH can dramatically affect the true intent of various passages and leaves the reader with the responsibility to determine if the term “YHVH” is actually the correct rendering. Usually it is; however, one must be careful to verify that the correct replacement of Adonai, due to the removal of YHVH by Jewish scribes, is correct.  This was done because of the probably correct belief that Judaic leaders “hid the name” within the word Adonai.  Well, OBVIOUSLY the sacred name of God, “YHVH,” is not completely hidden in the Hebrew Scriptures, since it appears thousands of times within the texts! Nevertheless, even with this error, The Scriptures may still be the most accurate Bible translation available and also presents a limited amount of VERY useful commentary.
      • JPS Tanakh, Jewish Publication Society
      • Tanakh, Stone Edition, published by Artscroll, the same publishers the produce The Chumash, listed later.

 

  •  The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop.  This book is THE classic resource dealing with the pagan “Mystery Babylon” religion.  In it a person can easily recognize the actual Babylonian origins of much that constitutes “Christianity.”  Among those parallels are the trinity and mangod doctrines.  This book is a must for anyone seeking to study the topics of the pagan origins of traditional Christianity and/or the entire “Mystery Babylon” religious system that has continued through the ages under a variety of religious names.  Hislop’s book is perhaps the most often referenced book on the subject that you will find.  Virtually all other books on the same subject heavily rely upon Hislop’s work in “The Two Babylons.”

 

  • Come Out of Her My People, obtainable from The Institute for Scripture Research.  Though I may not agree with all within this book, it is does a rather good job of explaining in detail the origin of the Christian Faith as we know it today.  It elaborates on how Sun Worship merged with the Messianic Faith, going into the details of the how festivals such as: Sunday, Easter and Christmas became part of the Messianic Faith.  It also explains the pagan origin and meaning of various words used in the Christian faith and names and titles of the Almighty like Lord, God etc.  It proves how the false name, Jesus, actually gives honor to pagan deities.  It further explains the origins of Christian symbols such as the Cross, the Fish, and MUCH more!

 

  • Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible – Has every single Hebrew and Greek word in the KJV Bible coded to a “Strong’s” number.  I think there may also be an NASB version of Strong’s.  By looking up the word you can find its Strong’s number along with every place that word is used in Scripture.  You can then reference the included Dictionary and discover every possible English rendering of that Hebrew or Greek word.  It makes for an excellent way to verify if the rendering of a word is correct or if there may be other possible renderings.  Strong’s is the biased translators worst enemy.  There are also tons of other reference materials that are based entirely on the Strong’s numbering system.

 

  • The New Englishman’s Greek-English Concordance and Lexicon – This book allows you to look up a New Testament Greek Strong’s number and find every rendering of that Greek word.  The regular Strong’s doesn’t allow you to do this, and you find yourself wanting to often.  It is always useful to see how many different ways the translators rendered the exact same Greek word!  I tend to use this more than the basic Strong’s.

 

  • Everyman’s Talmud, by Abraham Cohen
  • Torah Insights, Divrei Torah on the Parshiot Hashavua by leading rabbis and teachers, Edited by Rabbi Bertram Leff and Yisrael Epstein

 

  • The Book of Jewish Values, A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living, by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.  Rabbi Telushkin has authored several books, ALL of which are excellent!

 

  • Aspects of Rabbinic Theology, by Rabbi Solomon Schechter – For those that think Judaism is some sort of “works” based, dry religion, this book will prove you to be wrong.  Before Christians condemn Judaic thought, which they know little about, perhaps they should first study what it teaches.

 

  • Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, by Marvin Wilson – A foundational book useful for understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity.

 

  • Yeshua, A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church, by Dr. Ron Mosley

 

  • Anguish of the Jews, by Father Flannery – This may be THE classic book describing the horrible treatment the Jews have suffered at the hands of those that claim to follow Christ.

 

  • The Believer’s Conditional Security, by Daniel Corner.   Though the author would vehemently disagree with our views on the Trinity and Torah, I nonetheless feel this book is an important and crucial work.  This book and the following book, Life in the Son, does to the evil doctrine of Once-Saved-Always-Saved what The Doctrine of the Trinity – Christianity’s Self-Inflicted Wound does to the Trinity – DESTROYS IT!  Therefore, it is often treated the same way – ignored and hoped none of the deceived discover its existence or diversions are created to steer people away from its irrefutable arguments.

 

  • Life In The Son, by Robert Shank.  Presents similar death blows and destruction to the most potentially damning of all of false teachings (Once-Saved-Always-Saved) as does the book by Daniel Corner.  They have distinctly different writing styles; yet each demolish Satan’s OSAS lie.

 

  • Elect In The Son, by Robert Shank.  Specifically attacks and destroys the Calvinistic deception of Election and Reprobation – more commonly knows as predestination.  Calvinism will result in eternal death for untold millions.  Calvinism may well be the Dragon empowered Beast’s greatest triumph with which he will destroy more souls than any single doctrine in all of Christianity.  Calvinism defines a totally different God, erases all of Torah, defines a different Messiah,… basically completely defines an entirely separate and demonic faith.   It, more than any single theological set of beliefs, truly “changes times and laws” completely!   It is BEASTLY!  I make no apologies for bitterly and forcefully opposing the Devil’s doctrine of Calvinism and its offspring – Once-Saved-Always-Saved.  Calvinism is the Devil’s theological masterpiece.