Item description for You Bring the Bagels, I'll Bring the Gospel: Sharing the Messiah With Your Jewish Neighbor by Barry Rubin...
Overview Do you have a Jewish neighbor with whom you would like to share your faith in the Messiah? Barry Rubin shows us how to reach our Jewish friend or co-worker in a loving, non-confrontational manner. You Bring the Bagels, I'll Bring the Gospel outlines the "Jewish Gospel," offers insights into understanding Jewish religion and culture, and provides guidelines for breaking through barriers to belief.
Publishers Description An orderly presentation of everything needed to learn how to share the Messiah with a Jewish friend. Divided into four sections: You -- the Gentile Christian: Your Message -- The "Jewish" Gospel; Your Audience -- The Jewish People: and Feedback -- Barriers to Belief. Used in Bible schools and seminaries.
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Studio: Messianic Jewish Resources International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.63" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher MESSIANIC JEWISH PUBLISHERS
ISBN 1880226650 ISBN13 9781880226650
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More About Barry Rubin
Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs, Barry Rubin is the author of numerous books, including The Tragedy of the Middle East. Judith Colp Rubin is an independent journalist who has covered the Middle East extensively. Together they co-edited Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East and, most recently, co-authored a widely acclaimed political biography of Yasir Arafat.
Reviews - What do customers think about You Bring the Bagels, I'll Bring the Gospel: Sharing the Messiah With Your Jewish Neighbor?
Too goyish and promotes paganism - some aspects good Sep 11, 2006
I have a few concerns about the book 'You Bring The Bagels I'll Bring The Gospel' :
1) Mr. Rubin seems to think "christmass" and "ishtar" (easter) are acceptable Holy Days for believers. They were mentioned several times in a favroable light. Both of these Holy Days are worship of tammuz, the pagan sun "god" deity worshipped by the pagans since 1,500 BCE. G-d has ALWAYS called paganism used to worship Him an abomination (see Aaron's calf as well as Ezekiel chapter 8) The book says nothing about keeping paganism out of worship of Adonai and it seems to indicate it is perfectly acceptable for believers to keep the pagan Holy Days and using those pagan days to witness to their Jewish friends. It is "christian" to keep the pagan days holy (which means so-called mainstream "christianity" is pagan, not Christian) Messianic Believers shun ANY paganism because Adonai calls it an abomination to Him --- He always has and always will. There is absolutely no way a pagan holy day can be "messiahnized" and make it acceptable to Adonai
2) Same thing with the cross. The cross was used in pagan worship of tammuz since 1,500 BCE (see: concise .britannica. com/ebc/article-9380199/Tammuz --- note that tammuz is carrying his cross) In Ancient Israel, a brass serpent was made so that the Israelis could look up on it for their source of healing (salvation) yet later on when they used it as an object of worship, it was called an abomination and they were punished for it. This was a forshadow of the cross / execution stake. We are to look to Yeshua's atonement for sin on the execution stake, yet we are to not use the cross / execution stake as an object of worship. Saying it is perfectly acceptable to use a cross to witness is mixing paganism with the truth. Same can be said by the 'star of David' which is an occult symbol and is spoken against in both the Tanach and the Bri't Hadashah --- it is a symbol of a pagan "god". Instead, a believer could use something like a Menorah to witness --- or a flag of Israel (even though it has the pagan symbol on it, it is still Israel's flag and shows support of Israel) The bible warns against using symbols as objects of worship and that is what the pagans (as well as some in Ancient Israel) have done - worship of tammuz' cross since 1,500 BCE
3) There seems to be a fair amount of psychology quoted / introduced in the book. Instead of using psychology, why not let the Spirit of G-d lead you in what to say? If one follows G-d. He will give the words to say while witnessing. One does not need an introductory course in secular humanistic psychology to be able to witness, they need G-d and His spirit --- they will be shown what to say to witness to their friends (whether Jew or gentile) It is good to use the right vocabulary and for that, this book is a good resource.
Except for the above concerns, I really enjoyed the book. Mr. Rubin is a talented writer who keeps the audience engaged. If there is to be another edition, the endorsement of paganism needs to be removed so it would be more credible. As it is, because of the support of paganism, it has lost it's credibility and so has, unfortunately, Mr. Rubin.
I am a gentile Messianic Believer and was raised in a mainstream so-called "christian" home and found the truth by studying scripture for myself. pagan holy days are NOT truth - they are a mixture, something Adonai DETESTS. Adonai wants to be worshipped in 100% TRUTH. christmass and ishtar are roman [catholic] pagan holy days The "reformers" only changed a few things they disagreed with while leaving the rest of the paganism intact. They should have RESTORED the faith back to the faith of the early church. As it is, "protestantism" has led more people to hell (because it is so deceptive) than the more blatant roman pagan [catholic] church has.
Completely true to the revealed Truth of the Bible Mar 9, 2005
I found this book to be written in an entertaining manner with a very serious purpose. Regardless of what the previous reviewer has argued, the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments teach something entirely different from what he is saying. The Apostle Paul sums it all up in his letter to the Romans in chapter 11 from which the reviewer takes verses out of context. (If you question this please read the passages for yourself and read the previous 10 chapters to understand the logical conclusions to Paul's statements which all relate directly to Old Testament (Torah) writings.) Here is an excerpt from Paul speaking directly to the Gentiles (us) about the Jews and their relationship to salvation through Jesus Christ taken from Romans 11:13-15 in the Amplified Bible.
13"But now I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I lay great stress on my ministry and magnify my office, 14In the hope of making my fellow Jews jealous [in order to stir them up to imitate, copy, and appropriate], and thus managing to save some of them. 15For if their rejection and exclusion from the benefits of salvation were [overruled] for the reconciliation of a world to God, what will their acceptance and admission mean? [It will be nothing short of] life from the dead!"
Doesn't this directly contradict the arguments of the previous reviewer? Is Paul not clearly saying that some of the Jews were saved but many rejected this salvation? Is not part of his purpose to lead some Jews to the saving blood of the crucified Messiah as the ONLY way to salvation? This supports the need for a book like this from a prominent Jew like Barry Rubin who has realized his need for the Messiah Jesus as his savior. I recommend it to any Christian who has friendships with Jewish neighbors and coworkers and wishes to lovingly show them their true Messiah.
I brought the bagels - and this book delivered. Jan 31, 2002
If you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and want to share the good news with your Jewish friends, neighbors, and co-workers, this book will provide you with what you need. Rubin's book is engaging, easy to read, and chock full of applicable information. This book can be used as a primer for discussions with individuals, and also as a text for Bible studies or Sunday School classes. I have not found another book like it.
Jewish evangelism? Sep 20, 2000
This is a book that promises a great deal but delivers less. Perhaps it could be revised. We find out a lot about Barry Rubin and something of Jewish history. One could wish that he had more to say about actual witnessing techniques. The best section was the one on anti-Semitism. It's well written and nicely illustrated.