Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review: The Crucified Rabbi by Taylor Marshall

I finished The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity by Taylor R. Marshall this morning before Mass.  This is the first in his "Origins of Catholic Christianity" trilogy.

In thirteen chapters, Marshall takes us through shared concepts of Judaism and Catholicism, providing the Jewish origin (or at least precedent) for the Catholic concept, practice, or belief.  Some are more readily apparent than others:  Messiah and Christ mean the same thing, for example.  Others might surprise you:  the ritual Tevilah washing and the sacrament of Baptism, or the Jewish Nazirites and Catholic monastics.  Marshall quotes from Scripture, rabbinic sources, and the historical accounts of Josephus and others, giving a clear and consistent picture of the development of these facets of Catholicism from their Jewish roots.

The book is an easy and quick read.  It's educational and informative without sounding too technical or academic.  It has its share of typos, but nothing too serious.  An appendix contains some 300 Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a book to help you fill in the gaps between the Old and New Covenants, or if you're looking for an accessible resource to share with a Jewish friend curious about the claims of Christianity, I recommend The Crucified Rabbi.


sprachmeister said...

Hello Mr Pinyan, I was interested in purchasing your Praying the Mass book for the people and on your Praying the Mass blog it states that the book can be purchased through the Maryvale Institute. However, at the institute's website your book is not in their list of titles. Can I get the book by other means?

Jeffrey Pinyan said...

sprachmeister, you can purchase the book through Amazon, but I don't know if it's available from Amazon's European printing-houses...

Maryvale does carry the book, even if it is not listed in their online catalog. If you send them an email (or call them on the phone), you can order the book from them that way.

sprachmeister said...

Ok I will try and purchase the book through these channels. I enjoy your blog and so I imagine your book is great too. Much obliged.