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Jesus of Israel: Finding Christ in the Old Testament [Paperback]

By Richard Veras & Peter Cameron (Foreward By)
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Pages   142
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.94" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Servant Books
ISBN  0867167726  
EAN  9780867167726  

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Not only was Jesus a Jew, his coming was foreshadowed in stories from Genesis to the prophets. Fr. Richard Veras invites us to enter a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the doors of familiar and not-so-familiar incidents in the Old Testament.

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Jesus did not come from nowhere He was long awaited by a people who were expect God's presence in the messiness of their own history.--From the Introduction
Not only was Jesus a Jew, his coming was foreshadowed in stories from Genesis to the prophets. Father Richard Veras invites us to enter a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the doors of familiar and not-so-familiar incidents in the Old Testament.
Ever wonder, for example, why God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? Even more, why Abraham was willing to do it? Puzzled as to why there are two creation accounts in Genesis? What's the problem with being a Samaritan? And what does any of this have to do with Jesus and our life in him?
The author explores these and other issues with one goal in mind: to "aid the reader to come to a deeper certainty about Jesus Christ."
"This book makes the Word of God accessible to the young and, in fact, to anyone who wishes to look at the Bible with the eyes of a faith in touch with the grace of the Jewish people. The insights are quite valuable, but the real attractiveness of the book is the faith that it inspires through a simple, straightforward and imaginative reading of the Sacred Text." --Father Francis Martin, John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! FR. RICHARD VERAS teaches religion at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, an active member of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and a frequent contributor to Magnificat magazine.

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great biblical revelations!  Aug 31, 2007
This is an easy read with incredible insights into the old testament. Fr. Rich is a brilliant man and writes in a way that is fun and easy to read!
Finding Christ  Jun 27, 2007
This book is not just about "finding Christ in the Old Testament", it is about finding Christ at all, today, in our technical and scientific society where God supposedly has no more room or need to exist. More than everything that life can give us today, there is the need for happiness and significance to life. Without a proper answer to those needs, that only God can provide, our life remains senseless, a puzzle with all the pieces scattered. Christ, in person, alive, today, can be found by reading this book. Don't believe ? Just read it.
Fascinating  May 12, 2007
Fr. Veras is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York who teaches high school religion. In this book, as in his classroom, he teaches Scripture by linking the Old and New Testaments as a way of acknowledging the presence of Christ "here and now in his mystical body, the Church." In Jesus of Israel, he applies this integrated approach to stories ranging from creation to the annunciation.

Addressing God's covenant with Abraham and his promise to Sarah, Veras draws our attention to the aged Sarah's laughing--to herself--when she hears that she will bear a son. God asks her why she laughed, she denies it, and God calls her on the both the lie and her doubts. "This one verse is perhaps the most important and revelatory in the Old Testament," Veras writes, signaling a God who is unlike the deity people had imagined. " Sarah's laughter is for everyone," he explains, "because Sarah has discovered that God fulfills his promise even when we are not worthy."

In Chapter 7, he reveals that the "most joyful" part of his Old Testament course is the story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-45) in which students are required to find parallels to the story of Jesus. Veras offers several examples, challenging readers to find their own and admitting that even though he has taught this material before, he still learns something new on his own or from his students every time. This, as the other 11 chapters, ends with reflection questions. Here they deal with people in our own lives through whom the resurrected Christ reveals himself, God's bringing good out of evil, and giving and receiving mercy.

Fr. Veras has written a book that is at once deeply spiritual, thought provoking, and fascinating.
Very Good Analysis  May 7, 2007
I enjoyed Fr. Richard Veras's book on "Finding Christ in The Old Testament".
He writes with an emotional vigor which is refreshing. Father Veras has a keen interest in the Old Testament and shares his enthusiasm with a writing style which will keep the reader interested as well. There is no boring prose here.

My favorite part of this book is Chapter Four:'God's Covenant with Abraham and His Promise to Sarah.' This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
The reader will truly understand God's love for his people Israel and how He is always faithful! I particularly enjoyed Chapter Eleven: 'Elijah and Elisha and The Ascension'.

This book is a very good analysis of Old Testament theology from the Catholic perspective but all Christians would certainly do well by reading this book.

My impression is Father Veras has written this book primarily as an introduction to Old Testament studies for the young but he succeeds in communicating to all age levels!

This book would be helpful to new catechumens as well.
Jesus of Israel: Finding Christ in the Old Testament  Mar 11, 2007
Finally a book I can read in a short time that easily explains how/where/why Jesus Christ Our Savior is foreshadowed in the Old Testament, which has always been a puzzle for me. Thank you R. Veras!

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