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The Model for the Messianic Community
by
Ari Levitt*

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Picture of a synagogue This is the current status of my current long-term writing project, which I hope to be able to publish whenever it gets done to my satisfaction. It has undergone nine major re-writes and numerous additional revisions so far, and I anticipate there will be numerous additional changes before I feel that it is ready to publish. It is not my desire to argue with anyone on this subject, nor is it my desire to cast any kind of undue criticism, unkindness, or disparagement upon Gentile Christianity, to coerce Gentile Believers into embracing Messianic Judaism, or to place Gentile Believers under any form of “legalism.” My only intent is to present an historical perspective on the Body of Messiah which I believe is a reasonable alternative to the perspective which I taught for over 35 years as a Baptist pastor.

Copyright ©2003-2016 Ari Levitt and Family Bible Messianic Ministries.
All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any
form whatsoever, except brief quotations in reviews, without written
permission from the publisher. Published by Family Bible Messianic
Ministries, Parkersburg, WV 26101

 
Unless otherwise indicated, or when annotated (CJB), Scripture quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. Published by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc. messianicjewish.net/jntp. Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations annotated (NAS) are taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. First Things First
Chapter 2. Preliminary Concepts
Chapter 3. Modern “Messianic Judaism”
Chapter 4. Judaism in the Late Second Temple Period
Chapter 5. The Appearance of Yeshua
Chapter 6. The Giving of Ruach HaKodesh
Chapter 7. Shabbat or “the Lord’s Day”?
Chapter 8. Rabbi Sha’ul of Tarsus
Chapter 9. The Jerusalem Council
Chapter 10. “Christian” or “Messianic?”
Chapter 11. The Synagogue from 70 to 325 CE
Chapter 12. Where Did the Word “Church” Come From?
Chapter 13. Summary and Conclusions

Appendices

Appendix A. Tisha b’Av and 17 Tammuz
Appendix B. Evidences for a Hebrew Source of the Apostolic Scriptures
Appendix C. Scholars Who Support a Hebrew Origin for the Apostolic Scriptures
Appendix D. The Bar-Kochba Revolt
Appendix E. Canons from Nicea 1, 325
Appendix F: Anti-Semitic Decrees of Constantine and His Successors, High Priests of the Babylon Mystery Religion in Rome
Appendix G. A Brief Overview of Replacement Theology
Appendix H. Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

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