Whether you are just starting to consider Jesus, or have been walking with him for a long time, an endless treasure of truth and wisdom can be found in him. Below are a list of recommended books and resources for your personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth.
These books are intended for a beginning-level reader who is considering what it may look like to follow Jesus as the Jewish Messiah.
- Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7
- Isaiah 53 Explained, Mitch Glaser
- Introduction to Messianic Judaism, David Rudolph & Joel Willitts, eds.
- Messianic Foundations, Sam Nadler
- The Complete Jewish Bible, David Stern
- The Fall Feasts of Israel, Mitch & Zhava Glaser
- Israel’s Glorious Future, Harold Sevener
- More Than a Carpenter, Revised Edition, Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
- The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller
- Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of The Son of God, Timothy Keller
- Confessions, St. Augustine
- Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
- Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon
- Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
- The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis
- The Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
These books are for readers who have a familiarity with the Bible and complex issues that arise in the relationship between followers of Jesus and the Jewish roots of their faith.
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 2017 Edition, Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
- Israel’s Holy Days in Type and Prophecy, Daniel Fuchs
- Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus, Brad Young
- Messiah in the Passover, Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, eds.
- Our Hands Are Stained With Blood, Second Edition, Michael Brown
- The Complete Jewish Study Bible, Barry Rubin, ed.
- The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, eds.
- The Real Kosher Jesus, Michael Brown
- The Remnant of Israel: The Theology, History, and Philosophy of the Messianic Jewish Community, Arnold Fruchtenbaum
- The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Gary Habermas and Mike Licona
- Heaven, by Randy Alcorn
These are academic-level works with significant depth in the topics they cover. Higher-level linguistic, historical, philosophical, theological, and biblical knowledge may be required to get the most out of these suggestions.
- Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Five Volumes, Michael Brown
- Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Norman Geisler (Abridged version: The Big Book of Christian Apologetics)
- Christian Theology, Third Edition, Millard Erickson
- Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, D.A. Carson and G.K. Beale, eds.
- In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity, Oskar Skarsaune
- Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King, Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, and Gordon H. Johnston.
- Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries, Oskar Skarsaune, Reidar Hvalvik, eds.
- Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God, Brian Rosner
- Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig
- Reasonable Faith, Third Edition, William Lane Craig
- Scaling the Secular City, J.P. Moreland
- The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition, Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds.
- The Messianic Theology of the Old and New Testaments, William Varner
- The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy, Michael Rydelnik and Edward Blum, eds.
- The New American Commentary, Multi-volume commentary series, Available for every book of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. For example, Genesis 1-11 here.
- The Sages: Their Concepts and Beliefs, Ephraim Urbach
- The Soul of Science, Nancy R. Pearcey and Charles B. Thaxton