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Overview From the first ¿Christian¿ persecutions of the Jews in the fourth century to the horrors of the Holocaust, from Israel-bashing in today¿s press to anti-Semitism in today¿s pulpits, this shocking and painful book tells the tragic story that every Christian must hear.
Publishers Description From the first "Christian" persecutions of the Jews in the fourth century to the horrors of the Holocaust, from Israel-bashing in today's press to anti-Semitism in today's pulpits, this shocking and painful book tells the tragic story that every Christian must hear.
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More About Michael L. Brown & Don Wilkerson
Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is a Jewish believer in Jesus and founder of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida, where he resides. He is also founder and president of the FIRE School of Ministry and has served as a visiting professor of Jewish apologetics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission.
Michael L. Brown currently resides in the state of Florida. Michael L. Brown was born in 1955.
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wonderful book Oct 17, 2008
Everyone should read this book especially anyone charged with teaching in Church or in a Christian school they should teach this book as well.
A surprise after reading Michael Brown's other books Oct 31, 2006
I think I always had a soft place in my heart for the Jewish people long before I became a Christian. After accepting the Lord as my Savior, that softness flamed into love for these children of Jacob/Israel because out of their ancestral line came Jesus and because they preserved the very word of God. Parts of Brown's book, I found very troubling. Mans' inhumanity to man is gut-wrenching; we are capable of horrific things. What was not brought out in the book is an explanation - not an excuse - why people did what they did. Anti-semitism and any other anti-something - even anti-Christianity - must be taught to tender ears and moldable hearts - the uninformed, ignorant and child-like (no matter what age)- by the biased, hate-filled and spiritually blind. In our falleness, hatred is a language we seem to grasp well while love seems mostly limited to a few of our own if they meet our expectations and standards. I agree with Mr. Brown that the church 'visible' needs much to seek forgiveness from the Jewish people but what puzzles me is "Jewish people by their own teaching say only the victim can accept forgiveness". How then does this forgiveness happen ? And so, in joy, I turn to the gospel of Christ as the only viable peace offering not by broken man but by a loving God. The gospel is the only channel by which God touches our hard hearts and breaks down the wall between gentile and Jew and makes one new man. Only through God's power can one sincerely seek for forgiveness and can forgiveness be accepted in humbleness. This is the church 'invisible' and it is alive and growing. In areas of the world where authentic Christianity is lacking, anti-semitism thrives. My greatest prayer for the Jewish people is that they may see Jesus as their Messiah and that gentile and Jew can worship together in Spirit and truth. To God be the Glory for His Son: the Prophet Moses spoke of, the King promised David, and our High Priest, in the order of Melchizedek, who intercedes for us unlike any other.
Heartrending history, and a warning Jul 31, 2005
Published in 1992, this book has proved prophetic in giving early warning of the tide of Anti-Semitism currently spreading around the globe. Some passages are too painful to read; I had to avert my eyes in places, but the author explains the situation with great insight and clarity.
The first chapter, Final Solution, provides holocaust experiences from the memoirs of survivors. I suggest sensitive readers handle this section with care. The author then explains how this horror was rooted in nearly 2000 years of dehumanisation of the Jewish people by Christians. Throughout history, the weapons used have been forced conversion, expulsion and finally, attempted annihilation.
There are sickening quotes from Church fathers like St John Chrysostom, Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter the Venerable. Martin Luther's demented words from 1543 reveal the mind of a raving lunatic, whilst last century, the Lutheran theologian Gerhard Kittel made very disturbing statements.
In the chapter A Blessed And Beautiful Stream, the author discusses Christians who loved the Jewish people. Foremost amongst them were Puritans like John Owen (1616 - 1683), Robert Leighton and Samuel Rutherford whose inspiring and moving words include a vision of Israel's restoration. There were also Scottish Presbyterians like Robert Murray M'Cheyne and others from different traditions.
The next two chapters include discussions of the works of various Rabbis and thoughts from the Talmud, as well as a look at the Hebrew names of the early disciples and the significance of the Biblical feasts, days filled with prophetic meaning and spiritual truth.
The narrative moves on to media bias and bigotry towards Israel, with glaring examples of anti-Israel reporting. Brown points out the frightening ideology that unites white supremacists, Leftists, Neo-Nazis, Islamists and certain conservatives. He quotes the words of David Duke, Louis Farrakhan, Abdul Aziz (the founder of Saudi Arabia), the then-mufti of Jerusalem Haj Al-Amin Al-Husseini, and some modern "Christian" preachers in the USA.
The next chapter looks at ancient and modern lies and legends like the Blood Libel and the tale of the Wandering Jew. The sad fact is that if ridiculous, impossible and venomous lies are repeated long enough and loud enough, some people will believe them. Conspiracy theories abound today more than ever. This chapter also deals with holocaust denial and false history, for example the myth that the Khazar nation of around the 8th century gave rise to the European Jews, and that the Jewish people of today are supposedly not "true Jews."
The strategies of assimilation, extermination and the current one of disinformation are explored. The author addresses the problem of Palestinian and Jewish refugees since 1948. Israel has absorbed approximately 700 000 refugees but the Arab nations simply do not want to absorb or assimilate Palestinian Arabs.
Brown points out that the Inquisition is not over yet and quotes Scripture to prove that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it. The earliest Christians were all Hebrews. There are extensive quotes from the writings of Paul, who explained very clearly the two branches of God's people: the natural son Israel and the spiritual son, (true) Christians.
The following chapter provides further examples of the callousness of "Christians" when their Jewish neighbours were targeted. The crusades, which started out as an attempt to liberate the Holy Land, soon turned into another excuse to torture, murder and oppress the Jewish people. There is a quote by Eliezer Berkovitz on the moral bankruptcy of Christianity that should give any true Christian food for thought. Brown also gives a short quote from Simon Wiesenthal's chronicle of Jewish martyrdom for every day of the year.
The chapter So Near And Yet So Far includes the beautiful prayer Adon Olam by the poet Solomon Ibn Gabirol. So now Israel is surrounded by hostile neighbours and besieged by negative world opinion. What must we do, those of us who love Israel? The question is further explored in the final chapter.
Chapters 12 and 13 provide proof of God's repeated expressions of immutable love for Israel, and the unambiguous promise that they will never cease to exist as a distinctive people. In the book of Romans, Paul explained in detail the positions and respective roles of the Jewish nation and Gentile Christians. From this, it becomes clear what a dangerous lie and destructive ideology Replacement Theology is.
In a sense, the church tried to steal or usurp God's promises to the Jews. We are also assured that God will not forget physical Israel or true Christians. The physical restoration of Israel had to come first, and a spiritual restoration will follow. How can anyone deny that the birth of Israel in 1948 was the greatest miracle of modern times?
Chapter 15, A Diabolical Plan, investigates the various explanations offered down the ages for the phenomenon of Anti-Semitism. Brown shows up the holes in many of these arguments and comes to the conclusion that this hatred is too cruel, intense and universal to be man-made. He argues convincingly that it is rooted in the supernatural. The final chapter calls for repentance by true Christians of the sins of our "Christian" forefathers and encourages the reader to pray for Israel and the Jewish people.
There are more than 40 pages of extensive notes plus a bibliographical supplement of about 12 pages, both sections arranged by chapter. These are very valuable for further reading and study on various subjects covered in the main text. Both Bible-believing Christians and secularists that respect our Judeo-Christian heritage ought to read Our Hands Are Stained With Blood.
There are many books I wish to recommend for further or more current information on a variety of issues dealt with in this eye-opening book. On the political side: The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chesler, Eurabia by Bat Ye'or, Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard, Unholy Alliance by David Horowitz; and on the spiritual side: Yeshua by Ron Moseley, Understanding The Difficult Words Of Jesus by David Bivin, and The Mountains Of Israel by Norma Archbold Parrish.
Not what I was looking for May 4, 2003
I read this book wanting to comprehend how anti-Semitism first originated, flourished, and then culminated in the Holocaust with Christianity as part and parcel of the whole process. Instead, I got countless examples of this ancient hatred and how it manifested itself in the past and present time. I guess this approach was fine for someone who needed to be convinced of the existence of anti-Semitism. But, this approach didn't really help me to better understand the cause and reason behind the subject matter.
The tragic story of the Church and the Jewish people. Dec 4, 2002
This excellent book, which desperately needed to be written, is devoted primarily to the tragic relationship between the Christian Church and the Jewish people.
The writer strives to impart to Christians the recognition of their legacy & heritage from the Jews that indeed existed in the early days of the Church whose members were nearly all Jews themselves.
The author also studies the 'Israel bashing' in today's press/media together with the anti-Israel bias of the UN in relation to the Middle East situation. This plus the 'Christian' persecution of the Jews through the ages and even anti-Semtism preached through some channels of the 'Church' today.
Included foremost is the flawed doctrine taught in some areas of 'replacement theology', which teaches that the 'Church' has 'replaced' Israel in all of God's promises. Despite these Divine promises being made directly to and in relation to the people and nation of Israel, and where those promises were unequivocally & unconditionally everlasting !
Further to this the author actually examines & emphasises many of these Divine promises to Israel & the Jewish people in Scripture, past, present and future (Old & New Testaments).
This superb book stresses in no uncertain terms that Christians need to understand the pain and suffering that countless 'pseudo-Christians' have brought upon the Jewish people over the years and the increasing necessity now for a healing and reconciliation of some magnitude.
The writer illustrates that without an understanding of Scripture, many readers will fail to understand or in any way comprehend, the hatred and vilification towards the Jews throughout history & even the present day. The author reveals the force/person behind the massacres, the holocausts, the attempted genocide of the Jews and the attempts to destroy the State of Israel.
That force being the Devil/Satan, whose passionate hatred and despising of the Jews is a reflection of his hatred of God outlined in the Bible. The same God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob and their descendants, the Jewish people. The people through whom God has chosen to reveal his plan of Salvation, His prophetic plan to return the Jewish people to their Land in the latter days and His prophetic plans for the nation surrounding where the Messiah will return.
By destroying the Jewish people & their state, it is highly likely that Satan will be trying to fulfill his own probable intent of destroying God's prophetic plans in relation to His People and Land, of proving God's promises to be false and subsequently to have thwarted God's plans. Plans revealed that have promised that the Jewish people and Israel will never cease to exist and that God's promises will indeed be fulfilled.
To those dubious amongst you I can only recommend that you get a copy of this book, read it for yourself and actually put everything to an intense personal scrutiny...irrespective of which faith, if any that you profess. This is a message and a book that should not, indeed cannot, be ignored.