Item description for The Unpromised Land: The Struggle of Messianic Jews Gary & Shirley Beresford by Linda Alexander & David H. Stern...
Overview THE UNPROMISED LAND is a human story of two people forced into international, political struggles which touched off difficult personal struggles for them both. Gary & Shirley Beresford are two brave people who believe in the person of Jesus Christ as the savior of the world, while they staunchly hold on to their Judaism, despite that belief in Christ. To them, their beliefs round out their faith, not deny them. However, if Israel were to agree, it would change the entire fabric of Judaism, & Israel, & there's great fear attached to that.
Publishers Description Because of their faith in Yeshua * they were betrayed by their family * rejected by Israeli Immigration * tormented by unending court trials * reported on by major international news media (Time, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post) Gary and Shirley Beresford never wanted to be heroes. A middle-aged Messianic Jewish couple from South Africa, they felt God calling them to live in Israel, the Promised Land. Wanting nothing more than to live quietly and grow old together in the country of refuge for all Jewish people, little did they suspect what events would follow to try their faith. The fight to make aliyah, to claim their rightful inheritance in the Promised Land, became a battle waged not only for themselves, but for Messianic Jews all over the world who wish to return to the Jewish homeland. Here is the true saga of the Beresford's journey to the land of their forefathers.
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Studio: Messianic Jewish Resources International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.39" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher Messianic Jewish Resources International
ISBN 1880226561 ISBN13 9781880226568
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More About Linda Alexander & David H. Stern
Alexander taught Mvskoke language classes at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
Linda Alexander currently resides in the state of Illinois. Linda Alexander was born in 1917.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Unpromised Land: The Struggle of Messianic Jews Gary & Shirley Beresford?
Not just for Messianics Feb 10, 2005
I think this book, and the comments about it, highlights the struggle Messianic Jews have struggled with for 1800 years from their Rabbinic brothers, for despite what self-proclaimed anti-missionaries may say, there has always been a remnant of Jews who "kept the commandments of G-d and kept faith in Mashiach, Yeshua." Obviously, as the comments above show, those that practice Rabbinic Judaism have a complete ignorance of what Messianic Jews believe or they misunderstood Moshe himself, for Messianic Jews keep the Torah of Moshe---they just may not necessarily keep the so-called "Oral" Torah of the Rabbis. Ignorance spread by a confusion with Christian theology, which stood in opposition to Messianic theology since the Council of Nicea and Constatine's "converstion" to "Christianity," perpetuates hatred amongst the children of Avraham... amongst brothers. Even if you don't have an interest in the plight of Messianic Jews (Jews that keep the Torah, discard man-made law that contradict Torah, and believe that Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah who never broke the Torah or taught others to do the same despite Christian theology to the contrary), this book is an interesting account of hatred, discrimination, and hyprocracy in the modern world.
Brings truth to light Jan 30, 2003
It is amazing the treatment that the Beresfords got while attempting to immigrate to Isreal. How the Jewish could be so cold and willing to cannibalize their own simply for embracing Jesus(Y'shua) as the Messiah is simply astounding. Especially when you consider all the turmoil that the Jews as a people have gone through over the centuries. It is quite amazing that they consider it better if a Jew doesn't believe God exists at all rather than if he believes that Jesus died for the sins of the world. (I know of Jews who have MUCH more crazy beliefs and they aren't considered non-Jewish because of it). This is a great book and will open your eyes to facts about Isreal that you wouldn't believe.
Christians are the converts Dec 20, 2002
Let's see if I can get this right. They are born Jewish, keep the Jewish traditions and holy days, read the Jewish scriptures (including the ones written by first century Jews), and believe in a Jewish Messiah who was prophesied about in Jewish scriptures. So what's the problem?
Most Christians who understand prophesy clearly know that the Gentiles were the ones who were "grafted in" to the chosen people of God through their faith, not through their lineage(and by "chosen" God meant that He chose to reveal himself through the Jewish people, not that he loves others less). WE Christians are the converts, not vice versa. We are Gentiles who believe in a Jewish Messiah. The Beresfords do a good job of presenting the dilemma faced by Messianic Jews: that both sides will find reasons to reject them. My heart goes out to them.
Christians will always be christians Dec 13, 2002
Please do remember readers that Israel is thankfully still a JEWISH country. Why should they allow those of opposing faiths in to contaminate the truth of what the country is founded on.
Christians and Messianics as you call yoursevles- we do not hate the christians as one reader suggests-quite the contrary- as we are commanded to love. Rather we do hate any false religion that would raise itself up that contradicts the Law that Hashem gave us through Moshe. We must hate idolotry, though we love mankind and let them live the way that each one believes. The problem arose for the Beresfords when they tried to bring a "foreign" doctrine into a land that only allows those that embrace their Jewishness and have not given up their very existance to follow the doctrines of another god.
Is it any wonder that the Beresfords were kicked out of a Jewish country when they were promoting their christian doctrine? Please...be real about this.
Read the book, but keep in mind who the Jews are, what we believe and why the Berefords were asked to leave a county that tries not to contaminate itself with the ideas of false gods.
May Israel continue to be strong against those that oppose the law of Moshe.
Enlightening and Entertaining Nov 18, 2002
This is a great book for explaining the plight of Messianic Jews in Israel. But all you need to do is read the previous 2 reviews to understand the hatred that SOME Jews have for those who have chosen a different path. They haven't reviewed the book, they've simply slammed it because they don't like Messianic Jews. The truth is you can believe ANYTHING you want, or you can believe NOTHING at all and if you were born Jewish, Israel will welcome you with open arms. You can be a follower of any of the dozens of false messiahs throughout Jewish history or you can believe God is a turnip and that's okay! You can even be Muslim and that's all right. But if you believe Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, oh, well that's different!