Messianic Commentaries

Jewish New Testament Commentary: A Companion Volume to the Jewish New Testament

– The Torah (Law of Moses)–is it in full force today? Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah… I have come not to abolish, but to complete.” What did he mean?

– Sha’ul (Paul) wrote, “All Israel will be saved.” Was he speaking of all Jews? Messianic Jews (Jews who believe Yeshua is the Messiah)? The Church? Who is Israel?

– Why did Yeshua juxtapose the saying, “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth” and “The eye is the light of the body”?

Dr. David Stern, a Messianic Jew living in Jerusalem, speaks to these and other issues in the Jewish New Testament Commentary. In this companion volume to his widely read and highly acclaimed “Jewish New Testament,” he offers an exciting and original way of understanding the New Testament from a Jewish point of view.


The Complete Jewish Study Bible: Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word

Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new study Bible. “The Complete Jewish Study Bible” pairs the updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible translation with extra study material, to help readers understand and connect with the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone Jew and non-Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features, makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to “The Complete Jewish Study Bible” are a number of helpful articles and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B rit Hadashah (the New Testament).

Features include:
– Twenty-five contributors (both Jewish and Christian), including John Fischer, Patrice Fischer, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Rabbi Russell Resnik, and more
– Thirty-four topical articles ranging from topics such as the menorah (or candelabra of God ) and repentance (t shuvah) in the Bible, to Yeshua s Sermon on the Mount and the Noachide Laws (the laws given by God to Noah and subsequent generations) and their applicability to Gentiles
– In addition to these topical articles and detailed study notes, there are twelve tracks or themes running throughout the Bible with 117 articles, covering topics such as Jewish Customs, the Names of God, Shabbat, and the Torah
– New Bible book introductions, written from a Jewish perspective
– Bottom-of-page notes to help readers understand the deeper meanings behind the Jewish text
– Sabbath and Holy Day Scripture readings
– Offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts


Walk Genesis! A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary

As you walk Genesis, your spiritual journey takes you from Eden, through the flood, into the Promised Land, and down to Egypt. But the journey isn’t just about days gone by. It continues today for all those who choose to walk with God. Following the weekly Torah (Pentateuch) readings from the synagogue, along with the related Haftarah (Prophets, Writings) readings, Jeff Feinberg helps us to relate the ancient Scriptures to our daily walk, reminding us that “it is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of it.”


Walk Exodus! A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary

Dr. Jeffery Feinberg has done it again. Following his highly successful Walk Genesis! he has continued his Walk series with this excellent devotional commentary. Using the weekly synagogue readings, Dr. Feinberg has put together some very valuable material. Each section includes a short Hebrew lesson (for the non-Hebrew speaker), key concepts, an excellent overview of the portion, and some very practical applications. Can be used as a daily devotional as well as a Bible study tool for digging deeper in the Word. If you enjoyed Walk Genesis, you’ll love Walk Exodus!


Walk Leviticus! A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary

Why do Jewish children begin their study of Bible in Leviticus? Since children are pure and the sacrifices are pure, let the pure come and occupy themselves with things that are pure’ (Leviticus R. vii.3). To walk Leviticus, we must find a balance between two worlds — the pure and the impure, the holy and the common. Ours is a priestly calling, to be holy ones, just as God is holy!


Walk Numbers! A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary

Wander through the wilderness with the children of Israel. Stand up and be counted in the census of God’s army or accept a special priestly task. Learn to trust God rather than spies who fear giants. This commentary: follows the weekly Torah (Pentateuch) readings with parallel passages from the Prophets and New Covenant, includes a beginner’s look at the Hebrew language in a very easy-to-understand manner, emphasizes traditional Jewish and Messianic interpretation that focuses on personal application, and helps you relate the ancient Scriptures to your daily walk!


Walk Deuteronomy!: A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary

Following the popular, user-friendly Walk! series format, each section includes an overview, a short Hebrew lesson for the beginner, key biblical concepts, and practical applications. Hear the words of Moses, learn from past wanderings, and prepare to claim your inheritance. A daily devotional and Bible study tool.


TLV Psalms with Commentary: Hope and Healing in the Hebrew Scriptures

In this volume, authors Seif, Blank and Wilbur put pen to paper to extract some life-giving balm from the living psalms. The psalms have long been the favorite of those looking to recover equilibrium in a world where so much can knock us out of kilter. Messianic scholars Seif and Blank give meaningful information to help readers get some biblical medicine for life’s assorted hurts. Well-known messianic Jewish psalmist Paul Wilbur adds his unique touch of inspiration to the information. The resulting work flows right to people’s hearts—where it’s desperately needed.

This fresh translation from the Hebrew comes from the very heart and mind of today’s Messianic Jewish movement—making it a worthwhile read, even if it didn’t have the expert commentary.

The Tree of Life psalms is part of a larger, developing translation work, itself the work product of a variety of Messianic Jewish theologians from across the entire Messianic Jewish movement, working in concert to enable readers to see the Bible with Jewish eyes.

The New Covenant has already been translated and produced, with the entire Hebrew Bible well underway. This is but a foretaste of a coming glory Divine—a fresh, joint effort, Messianic reckoning of Sacred Scripture.

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Matthew Presents Yeshua, King Messiah: A Messianic Commentary

If you’ve ever wanted to get to know Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, the Good News of Matthew is the best place to start. Yet, few commentators are able to truly present Yeshua in his Jewish context. Most don’t understand his background, his family, or even his religion, and miss the full picture of who he really is.


Lifted Up Between a Pharisee & a Thief: An In-Depth Look at the Gospel of John by a Jewish Rabbi – and a Convicted Felon

A parallel verse-by-verse commentary on the Gospel of John from two very different perspectives and addressing two very different audiences: a Messianic Jewish Rabbi speaking to his home congregation, and a convicted felon – a Gentile – teaching a class of brand-new converts … as a prisoner himself. The Gospel of John contains some of the Bible’s best-known verses (“For God so loved the world …”) yet also some of its most profound truths. “Lifted Up” challenges conventional views of the Gospel while highlighting the power of God not only to bring His own Chosen People to faith, but also to transform lives shattered by rebellion, addiction and sin. It is a volume not to be missed by the sincere follower of the First-Century Jewish Rabbi most of us call Jesus, whose Hebrew name is Yeshua.


The Acts of the Emissaries: Practical Sermons on the Spirit-filled Birth & Explosive Growth of Messianic Judaism

First Century C.E./A.D. Messianic Jewish Believers in the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) turned the world upside down. This is so potently portrayed in author Luke’s 18,374 words that the book has come to be known as The Acts of the Apostles (Emissaries). Luke was a physician, a careful historian, and showed a deep knowledge about Jewish laws and customs in the land of Israel and the Temple. His recording of the Spirit-filled birth and explosive growth of Messianic Judaism is divided in half: chapters 1-12 focus on Kefa (Peter) in Jewish regions, while chapters 13-28 concern themselves with Sha’ul (Paul) in largely Gentile regions. The known world of the First Century was not turned upside down because Yeshua-followers all believed the same thing. The inclusion of Gentiles in the plan of God and how both Jewish and Gentile Believers were to work out questions of their identity and relationship to one another in a pagan world — with opposing claims from both Jewish and Roman leadership — sparked much debate, conflict, and controversy about faith and practice. Even amidst imprisonments, rioting and personality conflicts, Dr. Luke details the influence of Ruach Hakodesh (the Holy Spirit) in all of this. In short, the faith of these early Yeshua-followers was demonstrated daily in tangible, practical ways. They fed the hungry, healed the sick, clothed the naked, invited strangers into their homes, visited prisoners, etc… Truly, when the world around them looked closely at those who said they believed the claims to deity and of messiahship from an obscure Jewish teacher from a backwater of the empire, their lives were different. The declaration of their faith wasn’t solely with words but with actions. The “Good News” was something which could be seen, felt and experienced … and the world had never seen anything like it. So radically different were those who followed this Yeshua, this Messiah (“Christ,”) that they were called the “Christ-like Ones,” or “Christians.” In the First Century, this word was understood in a biblical/Jewish context. Thus, for a Jew or Gentile to be called a Christian was connecting oneself very specifically to an active Jewish faith which recognized Yeshua as the promised/prophesied Messiah and Savior/Redeemer for Israel and the nations. Unfortunately, by the Third Century, the word Christian had completely lost its original Jewish understanding or context. Even today, the word Christian, though an endearing title to many, carries a hugely negative connotation for those of Hebrew descent and no longer effectively defines Jewish followers of Yeshua, who much prefer to be regarded as Messianic Jews. For over 40 years, Believers of Jewish descent in the Messiah have been congregating in hundreds of communities worldwide in response to the call of Ruach Hakodesh, believing it’s time to set the record straight concerning the Jewish Messiah. This book consists of a collection of my Shabbat (Sabbath) sermons based on the Book of Acts prepared and delivered to my faith community, Tree of Life, a Messianic Jewish congregation in San Diego, California several years ago. I do not consider this work by any means to be a complete exegetical commentary or a comprehensive academic analysis. Instead, this is a compilation of practical messages whose intended audience is Messianic Believers (Jewish or otherwise), and anyone curious about a Messianic Jewish perspective on Acts.

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Practical Messages on Congregational Life: Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians

First and Second Corinthians contain some of the most pertinent lessons in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament) to the Body of Believers today. They deal with our testimony to the lost based on our behavior, our morals and how we interact with one another – the practical outworking of the Gospel as seen in our daily lives. Clearly written with both great anguish and longing, Rav Sha’ul (the Apostle Paul) shows how deeply shepherds are to care for those entrusted to their care, how important unity is in the congregation, and what is to be our focus as followers of the Messiah. As such the two letters represent essential instructions if we are to avoid damaging the testimony we are called to give to the lost and dying world in which we live. Based on a series of messages brought by a Messianic Rabbi to a mixed congregation of both Jewish and Gentile Believers, “Practical Messages on Congregational Life” reveals the heart of a true servant of God … and the purpose of our gathering together in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name. Direct, candid and insightful, they are lessons not to be missed by anyone interested in reaching the lost.


Ephesians: A Messianic Commentary Series

The Ephesian congregation was a diverse group of Jews and Gentiles, united together in Messiah. They experienced many blessings in their own lives and de nitely had an impact on the rst century world in which they lived. But the Rabbi was not just writing to that local group. What is Paul saying to us?
Covers such topics as the Jewish background of
First century worship services Explores major issues such as
Relationship of Jews and non-Jews who form the messianic community.
Practical ways to apply our faith to marriage, parenting and careers.


Letters from the Rock: Studies in Kefa (Peter)

Kefa (Peter) is one of those characters we both love to hate yet grudgingly admire. We are horrified at his weakness in denying Messiah when confronted by a mere servant girl … yet amazed at his boldness to jump out of the boat in the midst of a storm on the Sea of Galilee. In short, Kefa is just like us – filled with moments of seemingly endless faith; then days later crumbling in doubt and fear. Kefa’s two pastoral letters reflect the wisdom gained over a lifetime of service as well as the passion of the transforming work of the Spirit in his life. As such, they are filled with important lessons for those of us who dare to believe and follow in his footsteps. Written by Messianic Rabbi Joel Liberman and coming from a series of messages teaching a mature and committed congregation, Letters from The Rock is at once both practical and deep. Its pages resonate with compassion and challenge. More than a book of theory and theology, however, it is intended as a guide for how to live in a world of temptation and trial, suffering and setbacks. It is encouraging and inspirational, designed to move the reader from knowledge into action. We might say it embodies with the same spirit which changed the world nearly 2,000 years ago …


Letters from the Beloved: Studies in 1, 2 & 3 Yochanan (John)

Called “the disciple whom Yeshua loved,” Yochanan (John) was by far the youngest disciple to witness Yeshua’s ministry, and he lived longer than any of the others. His three pastoral epistles, therefore – penned late in his ministry – reflect more practical experience than any other New Testament writings. Perhaps this is why Yochanan’s letters – like his Gospel – bear such a strong imprint of the one characteristic that most clearly defines God’s relationship with His people from the very beginning: love. “For God so loved the world” we read in the Gospel, yet that truth is balanced in Yochanan’s letters by its practical implication: “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” This balance between a theology of love and its outworking forms the core of Yochanan’s letters. Nowhere else in the New Testament do we find such clear tools to evaluate our walk of faith: “by this we know we love Him …” for example. Join Messianic Rabbi Joel Liberman in a verse-by-verse journey through these essential books.

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Jude: Faith and the Destructive Influence of Heresy

Almost no other canonical book has been as neglected and overlooked as the Epistle of Jude. This little book may be small, but it has a big message that is even more relevant today as when it was originally written.