Item description for The Seven Festivals of the Messiah by Edward Chumney...
One of the most fascinating and yet probably one of the least understood topics in the Bible is that of the feasts found in Leviticus 23. This book, step by step, examines each festival for the foundational truths God wants us to learn through them. These festivals prophetically speak of the first and second comings of Jesus (Yeshua) as well as provide tremendous insight into the Christian life and our personal relationship with God. This book will even answer the Jews' questions: "Is Jesus (Yeshua) the long-awaited Messiah (Mashiach) of Israel?"
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Studio: Treasure House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.17" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1995
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN 1560437677 ISBN13 9781560437673
Reviews - What do customers think about The Seven Festivals of the Messiah?
The Seven Festival Of The Messiah Oct 31, 2008
I found this book to be one of the best books that reviels prophessies behind every Festival of The LORD.
Our Savior Was Jewish! This Book Needs To Be Read Jan 15, 2007
Jesus was Jewish not Christian! I have loved my Christian Jesus for as long as I can remember but now I am realizing that the Jesus I thought I knew actually did Jewish customs while on earth because He was a Jew. Christians need this book to understand that our God is a Jewish God. It doesnt change the love He has for us it just helps us to understand Him better. Great Book!
Excellent Reference Book Nov 18, 2006
This book is the best for an overview of the 7 festivals described in Leviticus 23. I use this book for teaching classes on the Festivals and have found it the most comprehensive book for this purpose. It not only describes the Fesitivals, but gives the historic and prophetic significance of the Festivals. It is easy to read and is an excellent reference.
Fair, but faulty, analysis of the Jewish Festivals of the Torah Feb 17, 2006
First, please know that I agree wholeheartedly with the most basic premise of Chumney's book--that the Festivals commanded in the Torah point to Christ--and that it is not my intention to disparage the premise of this book or its basic theology. On the contrary, I agree with it VERY much.
Those things said, I must regretfully give this book and "it's ok" rating (3 stars) rather than something better. In fact, I would be more likely to give it two stars than four. Before you disagree with me, please read the rest of my review.
-------------------------------------------------- Since this is such an unmanageably long review, and most of you won't read it, I offer this as perhaps the best piece of advice I can give: the author has posted his book at his site, www.hebroots.org. (You'll have to scroll down to the heading "Books by Eddie Chumney") Before buying, perhaps you should check there to see if my review is correct. --------------------------------------------------
As already stated, I actually agree with the premise of Chumney's book. Sadly, Chumney falls far short of actually providing a work that successfully and persuasively proves that point. There are enough faults in the book to seriously detract from his effectiveness as an author. But I'll talk about the good stuff first.
(1) Chumney organizes the book in a manageable format, which makes for easy reference. You can easily re-find points made in the book, because it is organized by headings. One can easily thumb through any given chapter, reading chapter headings only, and get the gist of what Chumney is trying to say.
(2) Chumney's premise, again, is a good one. As a Christian, I find it to be amazingly profound to study just how deeply the Torah (Pentateuch) and the rest of the Tanakh (Old Testament) point to Christ--particularly the Torah. Upon study, it appears that the pages are literally dripping with allegories, portraits, and details about Christ. Further, I agree with Chumney that in order to understand the parallels with which the Torah is rife, one must study and understand the Jewish customs surrounding the practices depicted there.
(3) The book is succinct, with a generally large amount of scripture references to keep the reader informed of where Chumney gets his information. Thus, one can easily read this book, and in most cases, can corroborate what Chumney says. I have obviously qualified this statement, and will discuss that qualification shortly.
After talking about the good things in Chumney's book, I now turn to the things which I find to seriously detract from the book's effectiveness.
(1) Poor writing. Yes. As already stated twice, I AGREE with the general premise of this book. However, the writing is sub-par. There is inadequate use of synonyms, varied writing style, and developed rhetoric. I'm not just being picky--I just know good writing when I see it, and this unfortunately does not qualify. I'll give an example. Chumney SERIOUSLY encumbers his work by parenthetically including transliterated Hebrew words. For examble, every time Chumney uses the word "Messiah" it is followed by the Hebrew transliteration, as in the following example:
The festivals of the L-rd...were given...so His people could understand the coming of the Messiah (Mashiach)... (Chapter 1, page 1, first sentence.)
On that very page, which only includes two small paragraphs, the same convention of using the "(Mashiach)" after "Messiah" is used two more times. I can understand Chumney's desire to use Hebrew words in a work of this type, especially since he expects a part of his audience to be Jewish. Very well. Then use the Hebrew words. Don't use both, throughout the entire book. If he wanted to use the Hebrew words, he should swap the order and say "Mashiach (Messiah)" the first time he uses the word, then use "Mashiach" the rest of the book, and could easily include a glossary for quick reference. As it is, the parentheticals get REAL distracting, REAL quick. In the first five pages of the book, there are no less than 44 such parentheticals...and the quantity does not go down throughout the book.
(2) Poor logic. The general purpose of Chumney's book is to be persuasive. However, he makes his argument much LESS persuasive by making rather large leaps of faith...in both theology and in logic. While I noted above, in the positives, that Chumney includes biblical cites for his assertions in most places, those cites do NOT always support his claim. Take the following example, found on page 14:
The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6, 12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-21; Hebrews 1:3.
Well, I won't insult you by going through each passage, but suffice it to say that if you look up EVERY one of the passages above in the long string he includes, you will find that NOT ONE of them refers directly to the Messiah, but refers to one of two things: (1) the arm of the Lord by which he defends his people and accomplishes victory for them, and (2) the figurative place of status at God's right hand. While Christ is identified as occupying this position many times, the right arm of God itself is not a direct reference to Christ, unless you do a fair amount of text-adulteration. Chumney then goes on to make the ridiculous logical jump that since Christ is the "arm of the Lord" then this explains why it is custom today for Jews to eat the shankbone, or "arm" of the lamb. Seems an absurd stretch to me.
I'll include one more unfaithful reading of the text. In Acts 1:6, Christ's Apostles asked Christ when he would restore the kingdom to Israel. Chumney reads this to mean asking when God would re-unite the Gentiles with the Jews. This is very far from the most natural reading of the text, which suggests simply that the Apostles expected Christ, upon his resurrection from the dead, to establish a temporal kingdom. I invite you to read it for yourself.
(3) Chumney simply doesn't support his assertions of fact, or of theology on way too many points. In a piece of literature like this one, it is imperative that the author support his propositions with scripture or other authors, at least where possible. Failure to do so raises serious questions as to the validity of the author's arguments. I invite you to read more scholarly works, such as those written by Alfred Edersheim (dated, but still very good) and compare.
Bottom line: decent, but before you buy, read it online at the above link.
Edward Chumney's version of the seven festivals Jun 3, 2004
This is a gentile perspective of the Jewish perspective. It is too cumbersome to read to the end. The transliterations are not accurate. It is definitely not something that a Jewish person would be able to get through, whether a believer or not a believer in Messiah. It is better to write from your own personal experiences and culture. When you try to enter into someone else's culture, it is not the same.
I personally want to see the Jewish people come to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah and I at the same time want to see the Gentile people come to believe that Yeshua(Jesus) is the Messiah. Each are to remain in the culture and religious background that they came from minus the idolotries and other sins in their lives.
An understanding of the entire Bible is very important. A person does not need to become a Bible scholar to be saved. But to know how to live before and unto the L-rd is very important. the feast of Israel are a part of a Jewish person's lifestyle and a Jewish Believer's lifestyle and a Gentile Believer's lifestyle. Each must know that the central part of each feast is G-d and He will impress upon you how to walk before Him.