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A Prayer to Our Father

A Prayer to Our Father [Kindle Edition]

Nehemia Gordon , Keith Johnson
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A Prayer to Our Father is the exciting journey of faith of a Jewish Bible scholar and an African American pastor who join forces to uncover the truth about the most beloved prayer in the Christian world. Their gripping adventure begins in the ancient city of Jerusalem and takes them to the very spot in Galilee where Jesus taught the multitudes to pray. Along the way they discover a Hebrew version of the Lord’s Prayer, preserved in secret by Jewish rabbis for over a thousand years. The richness of meaning that the Hebrew unlocks reveals a powerful message of spiritual growth for Jew and Christian alike. Join them on this provocative exploration of the Hebrew origins of the Lord's Prayer!

"Both Jews and Christians could learn a great deal from this book... I highly recommend it!" Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem

"If you enjoy detective mysteries... this book is a veritable gold mine... as we discover hidden truths and marvel together with the authors..." Christine Darg, Exploits Ministry

"I am so thankful to the Father for this book... I felt like I was on a spiritual journey with so many things confirmed and also revealed." James Thrash, NFL Player

Nehemia Gordon holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gordon has worked as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls and as a researcher deciphering ancient Hebrew manuscripts. He has been invited to speak in synagogues and churches around the world and has led groups of pilgrims and visitors on tours of biblical sites. A native of Chicago, Nehemia has made his home in Jerusalem, Israel since 1993.

Keith Johnson earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has spent nearly two decades in Christian ministry. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Johnson has served as pastor of Park Avenue Church in Minneapolis and as chaplain of the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson was also chosen as one of only 40 chaplains from around the world to serve the athletes of the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. Keith lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and sons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 175 pages
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  • Publisher: Hilkiah Press (22 Aug 2010)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars our LORD'S prayer 6 Jan 2014
By Diana
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Every book by Nehemia / Keith brings new joy and has filled so many vacuums in my messianic walk of faith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. A must read... 30 May 2013
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This book is a story about our Messiah and the original prayer that he gave to us in the fantastic language Hebrew. A must for all truth seekers and scholars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. 6 Jun 2014
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This book by a very learned Jewish rabbi and a Christian minister, is a unique combination of insightful elucidation on the prayer of Jeshuah (Jesus), which actually has much in common with the priestly blessing, so much used in Jewish and Christian worship settings both. It could help break down the barrier of these two faiths, who both have their roots solidly planted in the Hebrew Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has totally blown me away 21 April 2014
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This book has bought to light such depths and riches of Our Heavenly
Father. I have cried whilst reading this amazing book, because of the truth that is written. I thank God for bringing two such people together from different faiths, different cultures, and different upbringings for the sole purpose of glorifying His name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great. 6 Oct 2009
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I, like other reviewers of this book have noted, found the concept behind this journey to be one of the more intriguing component of this study of the Lord's Prayer. Far too few attempts have been made to journey with a Jewish brother through our shared testament and, especially, the New. Most Christian studies, I would presume, that involve some form of reflection and etiology would be executed with preconceived notions derived from the perspective of a person coming from that faith tradition. Now, there's nothing wrong with this approach. It is understandable to undertake, as a Christian, a study of the Jewish heritage and words with the intent to arrive at a new-found conclusion by studying the context of the literature; however, the basic premise of this book, that two individuals from different faith traditions who cherish a similar sacred text could enthusiastically and collaboratively study the components of one tradition derived from the other and the contexts that inform that tradition, is refreshing. Their journey together through the Hebrew texts surrounding the Lord's Prayer was informative, especially for a Jewish history and Israeli geography novice, such as me.
What was simultaneously interesting by way of random archeological facts and somewhat boring by way of the flow of the book was the first half of this book. While it does lay a sort of frame work for the second half of the book, so much more time could and should have been dedicated to a discussion around some of the findings and their implications, socially, historically and religiously. The story does carry a sort of adventure feel to it which could have made for great fiction but detracted from the theological robustness of this book.
Knowing that the "implications" of the findings would be different for each author, I can understand why the majority of these findings were discussed in somewhat vague, Abrahamic-faith tradition language. And, don't get me wrong, this is not a bad thing. More conversations need to take place regarding the shared tradition and similarities between the traditions in order to promote interfaith peace and cooperation as we achieve God's calling. But, as a Christian looking for more insight about the Lord's Prayer and what that means for my life, I found myself not entirely motivated by the amount of time dedicated to research, discovery and shared experience and implications.
That being said, the last 90 pages of this book offered almost tidbits of theology which both piqued my curiosity and whet my appetite. The breakdown of every line in the Lord's Prayer and spending an adequate amount of time discussing both the Hebrew text and the contexts in which they were written provided new insight to this reader. And, while each section revealed something new to me, the part and analysis of that prayer that most grabbed me and, I think, has the most devastating effect on many contemporary theologies while also being inspirational and excited is "Your Will Shall Be Done on Heaven and on Earth."
Although disappointing that only a few pages were dedicated to this section, the addition of the word "shall" (an appropriate addition that was not included in the Greek version) is extremely significant. Nehemia discusses the implications:
"While the Greek version of the Avinu Prayer contains a call to action to do God's will, the Hebrew contains a statement of fact: `Your will shall be done in heaven and on earth.' (128-129)
While I am not sure that what follows this statement throughout the rest of the chapter about what this change means is entirely new nor incredibly insightful (e.g. "These Hebrew the idea that our heavenly father is all-powerful" (129)), to me this change is of monumental importance.
When a Christian reads this change and hears the words of Jesus time and time again throughout the New Testament that "the Kingdom of God is upon you" and that it is now, not set in some ephemeral plane sometime after we die, it should inspire. As people suffer under in the Kingdom of Man, to know that God wants us to enact the Kingdom of God here and now on this earth should provide fresh motivation. It should spur the believer to decisive action and announce the Gospel as the good news to the poor, the sick, the homeless, the hungry, the orphan and the oppressed. For, as the Hebrew rendition of this prayer suggests, God's will shall be done on earth. As Christians, it is our responsibility to make that happen.
At the end, while the book's conclusion makes sense structurally (with a resounding "Amen" chapter), I found myself left hanging, confused that this brief journey was over. I was hoping for more substance. And, again, while the journey of two men from two different faith traditions was unique and interesting, personally, I would be interested in Mr. Johnson expanding on his findings, shedding more light to the implications this Hebrew prayer may offer to a Christian in a supplemental sequel. All in all, as a light, well-written book, it's worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Page Turner; I Couldn't Put It Down... 12 Jan 2013
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Nehemia and Keith share their profound adventures as they seek to UNDERSTAND and truly KNOW this ancient prayer; Known all over the world by people of faith and unbelief alike, this simple prayer -- the "Our Father", the "Avinu", the "LORD's Prayer", the "Disciple's prayer", the "Model prayer", the "EMERGENCY PRAYER" is recited innumerable times each day. In fact, someone, somewhere is probably reciting this very prayer right now; I wonder if there is a time, day or night, that this prayer is not being recited.

Regardless of how you came to know, or know of, the prayer, until you read "A Prayer To Our Father" you really cannot know and appreciate it like you will afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good exposition of the true depth of meaning of Yeshua's "model prayer" 4 Dec 2012
By Reginald R. Westphal - Published on
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This book goes line by line into the Hebrew foundation of Messiah's Avinu Prayer.
It correctly translates what the prayer really says and means.
Highly recommend to anyone who would want to understand what our Lord was really saying.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read for Christians and Jews 4 Feb 2014
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If there was a higher rating than five stars, that would be my rating for this book. This is a must for your Bible study library
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.... 19 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed the way both a Christian minister and a Karaite Jew could bring light to the Lord's Prayer by transporting the reader to the places and time in which it was spoken.
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Our Father in heaven, May your name be sanctified, May your kingdom be blessed, Your will shall be done in heaven and on earth, Give us our bread continually/daily, Forgive us the debt of our sins as we forgive the debt of those who sin against us, Do not bring us into the hands of a test, and protect us from all evil, Amen. &quote;
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