So the title of the book I most recently finished is “Betrayed: How would you feel if your daughter told you she believed in Jesus? This Jewish business man felt…Betrayed”
The thing I like best about the reason I read this book is that I didn’t seek it out for myself. It wasn’t on my top 10 reading list. I didn’t know anything about it.
Until it came to me. Or more boldly, until God orchestrated the events that led to a friend of mine mentioning she’d like me to read it. She had no idea I have jewish relatives (whom I love dearly!) and that I would love a chance to understand their world and feelings and identity.
Since reading it, I’ve had multiple conversations over the things I’ve learned from this amazing man, Stan Telchin. To the point that I’ve avoided writing this post on the book because I couldn’t think of the right words to summarize his work in an honoring way.
So I’m not. I’m just going to say that the thing I best loved about this book was Telchin’s honest search. The Search. I needed to go with him on the journey. His honesty and vulnerability in seeking out answers to the questions of jewish history and how that relates to the Bible and Jesus were so personal and his pursuit of answers was so passionate. He stopped working for months! I don’t know anyone personally who has walked away from all their normal routines and responsibilities because finding answers to their ultimate question “Who Is Jesus?” But this man did, and he wasn’t satisfied with just reading the gospels, or talking to a rabbi – he went all the way to the beginning and through the life of Jesus and beyond into the Church age. Asking the question, “When did Christianity’s majority become gentile?”
All of his questions are intriguing. His research thorough and fresh. And what I read I had never known before.