Item description for Salvation Is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History by Roy H. Schoeman...
Overview The book traces the role of Judaism and the Jewish people in God's plan for the salvation of mankind, from Abraham through the Second Coming, as revealed by the Catholic faith and by a thoughtful examination of history. It will give Christians a deeper understanding of Judaism, both as a religion in itself and as a central component of Christian salvation. To Jews it reveals the incomprehensible importance, nobility and glory that Judaism most truly has. It examines the unique and central role Judaism plays in the destiny of the world. It documents that throughout history attacks on Jews and Judaism have been rooted not in Christianity, but in the most anti-Christian of forces. Areas addressed include: the Messianic prophecies in Jewish scripture; the anti-Christian roots of Nazi anti-Semitism; the links between Nazism and Arab anti-Semitism; the theological insights of major Jewish converts; and the role of the Jews in the Second Coming.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher IGNATIUS PRESS #1427
ISBN 089870975X ISBN13 9780898709759
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Such amazing insights Jan 22, 2007
Roy schoeman's book is amazing in that it gives the Christian reader an entirely new perspective of viewing the Gospels. Until reading this book, I'd never heard about the prophecy found in Daniel 9, which appears to predict that the Messiah will appear about A.D. 26, precisely the date that many scholars give for Jesus' baptism by John and hence the beginning of his public ministry. Also quite interesting are the last chapters dealing with the role of the Jews and the second coming.
Salvation is from the Jews John 4:22 Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth. Amen.
Salvation Is From the Jews Jan 11, 2007
This is the story of the search for meaning by a well educated Jew. Through his own brilliant understanding of the Jewish scripture and tradition, he discovered its fulfillment in the Messiah. Jesus came from the Jews, and He is the Son of God. Roy Schoeman has found fulfillment as a Jewish Catholic, honoring his Jewish heritage.
In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek Sep 9, 2006
Although Roy Schoeman appears to have a very worthy goal -- exploring the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith, especially as they pertain to salvation history -- I'm disappointed to say that I can't recommend this book at all.
For one thing, the author presents a number of speculative ideas that don't appear to have any basis in Catholic teaching. For instance, he tries to make the case for a separate "Hebrew Catholic community" within the Church, with its own liturgies, etc. This wouldn't just be for reasons of ethnic identity (as in, say, a Polish Catholic parish), but also for spiritual ones. He suggests that God might desire this type of separation, as a way to preserve and promote the distinctive "Jewish charism," or "leaven" -- whatever that is. Along the same lines, he also puts forth the notion that Jewish Catholics have "particular qualities and characteristics," given to them by God, which make them different from Gentile Catholics. This sounds very creepy and un-Christian to me. It smacks of ethnic chauvinism. Saying, "all Jews, as a group, have certain uniquely good qualities," makes no more sense than saying, "all Jews, as a group, have certain uniquely bad qualities."
Then there's his concept that "the New Covenant is fulfilled in the Old," which is a complete reversal of the traditional Catholic belief. Judging by the lack of references, he seems to be making this, and many of his other ideas, up out of whole cloth. (On the back cover blurb, two fellow converts from Judaism, David Moss and Ronda Chervin, note that he "weaves together fascinating speculations," "some of which most have never heard before.") These sorts of novelties have no place in a popular work of this type. When Catholics buy books from Ignatius Press, they're looking for reliable information, not bizarre new theories from someone who doesn't even appear to have any formal training in Catholic theology.
I was also very troubled by the fact that Mr. Schoeman repeatedly refers to "the Arabs," en masse, as being violent and anti-Semitic. In saying this, he tragically ignores the peaceful voices of many people in the Arab world. (For example, see Father Elias Chacour's "Blood Brothers," in which a self-described "Arab Palestinian Melkite Catholic priest who is an Israeli citizen" tells the inspiring story of how he's worked together with his Christian, Muslim, and Jewish neighbors to forge bonds of love and mutual understanding.) The author even alleges (p. 255) that the Arabs (yep, all of 'em) are controlled by the devil -- a slander that was, of course, directed at the Jews in centuries past. Talk about fanning the flames of bigotry and hatred. Mr. Schoeman, have you learned nothing from all those history books you've read?
Jesus Christ, our salvation, came from the Jews, but He now lives in the Church... and the Church does not judge or discriminate between people on the basis of their ethnic background. I wish all of Her members could say the same.
An insightful exposition of Christian revelation from a Jewish perspective Jul 16, 2006
This book is a unique and intriguing read. The author, a Jewish convert to Catholicism outlines how God's promise to the Jewish people is fulfilled in history and in the Catholic Church. He examines the role that the Jewish people have played in various time periods, and the role they will play in the end times. He shares the witnesses of several Jewish converts to Catholicism.
He also spends a considerable portion of the book discussing Hitler and the Holocaust, this section in particular was great, as it laid to rest many myths and misconceptions. It was so good in fact that I think the author would do well to develop that section into a book in its own right.
The author writes his arguments out very clearly, and his work is not just specious conjecture, but rather is supported on historical documentation, scriptural references, and biographical accounts of others.
sugar-coating repugnant racism May 7, 2006
Evidently several readers have been easily seduced by sugar-coated racism. The author promotes racist and separatist theories that, even sugar-coated, should be recognizable and utterly repugnant to any well-catechized Catholic. What part of "eternal fire," "woe," "wrath", "hell," "in vain do they worship Me," "There is neither Jew nor Greek... For you are all one in Christ Jesus," and "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: he that believeth not shall be condemned" do Schoeman and his admiring readers not understand? Schoeman ignores Jesus' numerous condemnations of those who "void the commandment of God for the traditions of men" to advance the heresy that those who reject and blaspheme Jesus are saved, that those who teach racism and practice genocide are laudable and should be emulated in Catholic rites. The Talmud teaches that Jesus was a bastard born of an adulterous relationship [Kallah 51a] of a whore [Sanhedrin 106a] and that He is now in Hell boiling in excrement [Gittin 57a]. The Talmud fabricates shysterly loopholes to void God's Law, the Ten Commandments, and teaches the genocidal racial supremacy that only Jews are humans: "You are called men, but the Goyim [Gentiles] are not called men." [Kerituth 6b]; "The progeny of the Goyim is like an animal." [Sanhedrin 74b Tosephoth]; "All Gentile children are animals." [Yebamoth 98a.] Because we are not human, Gentiles are owed no debt of morality or decency - not honesty [Baba Kamma 113a], not property [Baba Mezia 24a], not even life! -- "The best of the Gentiles should all be killed" [Soferim 15, rule 10] (Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: the Weight of 3,000 Years, ISBN 0745308198; see also Michael A. Hoffman II, Judaism's Strange Gods, ISBN 0970378408; or read the Steinsaltz Talmud translation in a library near you). Rejecting 2,000 years of Catholic teaching, Schoeman teaches that such a religion is salvific and he promotes the Zionism that is still practicing Talmudic genocide against Palestinians ---even Catholic Palestinians.