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5.0 out of 5 stars The tragic story of the Church and the Jewish people.
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.
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Published on 4 Dec. 2002 by M. D Roberts

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1.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle !
This book is utter rubbish and has absolutely no value whatsoever. It is so badly written that after about 20 pages I could read no more and have put it in for paper recycling. I won't sell it on as a book because it shouldn't have been one in the first place. I am a complete atheist who, with a Jewish Mother, has empathy and great respect for the Jewish people. The facts...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tragic story of the Church and the Jewish people., 4 Dec. 2002
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M. D Roberts (Gwent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Hands are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the Church and the Jewish People (Paperback)
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, Satan will have destroyed God's prophetic plans, proved God's promises to be false and will 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartrending history, and a warning, 31 July 2005
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Peter Uys "Toypom" (Sandton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Our Hands are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the Church and the Jewish People (Paperback)
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 dealth 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 Authentic Gospel of Jesus by Geza Vermes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Few things hurt more than the truth, 27 Nov. 2014
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Dr John N Sutherland (Skelmorlie, Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Our Hands are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the Church and the Jewish People (Paperback)
Few things hurt more than the truth. I used to think that the Palestinians were the 'good guys' and the Israelis were the 'bad guys.' But, then I spent time reading the Palestinian claims and found them peppered with nothing short of lies. For Islam is a religion which allows you to lie. (see the Islamic website http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Qur%27an,_Hadith_and_Scholars:Lying_and_Deception.) Nothing the Jews of Israel have said were lies. But, what bugs many Christians is that Jews have the audacity to believe that the Bible was written for them, and its promises are theirs!

And, of course, that is the problem. With the exception of Luke, all authors of everything in the Christian Bible are Hebrews (or, if you prefer, Jews.) And every promise made in the Bible applies to Jews. Every promise? Yes. For either these are promises made explicitly to the Children of Israel (e.g. the Old testament, or, Tanakh) or these are promises that also apply to Jews who follow Yeshua HaMashiax (Jesus Christ.)

Further, everything Jesus spoke he spoke to or around Jews. When Jesus spoke he spoke to Jews. The promises are for them. Everything he said is true, as is every word his Father said. To deny the promises of God is to deny His very core faithfulness and trustworthiness; to reduce him to being a fallible man. To believe that the promises to the Jews are nullified, and that God has abandoned his disobedient covenant people for the gentiles, is to believe that this is in God's nature. Then Islam must be correct, the Christians (what an unfaithful and unreliable bunch they are) have been abandoned too, and their new covenant has been ripped up, and the promises to Abraham are Ishmael's, and Moses and Jesus are Muslim prophets.

The attempts to tear God's promises from his covenant people have resulted in centuries of ongoing murder and bloodshed. Read in this book the unutterably terrible things that the major Christian churches have done to the Jews: murder is the least of these crimes; silence is the worst. Understand why the Muslims want to annihilate Israel from The Land of Promise. The covenanted land. Read how God promised, before the Roman destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, that the children of Israel would return.

And they have returned. So the choice for Christians is: to believe God, or not to believe God. This book makes a strong case, but it is not the only case. The future interpretations are possible, but few predict God's handiwork - like bringing the diaspora back to The Land precisely as God had promised to do. So, leave them to the theological speculators.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray the ancient Hebrew people will accept their born Messiah. Pray that they will come to the light of Jesus. Yeshua HaMashiax.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of the Church, 2 Nov. 2008
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I can not add to the previous reviews, other than to reaffirm that this is a book that every Christian should read and there should be copies available in every single church. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The root of Western barrenness, 8 Nov. 2011
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Have you ever looked at spheres of Western endeavour and wondered why the glory has departed, why the spring of originality has dried up, why our spirituality has withered? If not where have you been recently?
Brown bluntly and gently lays out the sins of the West against the Jews and against Israel in particular, both recently and historically. In this his work is nothing new. However in focussing the sins of the church, yes even the Bible-believing churches, he traces the primary source of our decline, a sinful highmindedness against God's covenant people.
He exegetes the scriptural proof of this, and demonstrates the remedy, and the glorious Divine plan even now unfolding in front of blinded eyes, by which God humbles each party to exalt those who humbly seek Him.

A most significant keystone work for the Queen of the Sciences, and all her daughters. It shows up the chaff of BDS for what it really is - jealousy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great help to my understanding, 4 Feb. 2015
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Written in a very clear and interesting way. A great help to my understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Sept. 2014
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A great read would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Christianity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The missing CENTRAL jigsaw piece of Second Covenant history., 2 April 2012
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Take note please - these are the views of an unregenerate Gentile.

In 'Our Hands Are Stained With Blood,' by Michael L Brown, Michael discusses the suffering of the Jewish people - the natural branches of the Olive Tree, and the very people with whom God has made the Second Covenant. Not only at the hands of unbelievers, but even by those regarding themselves as 'Christians.'

Taking readers into the Holy Scriptures, Michael also shows the falsity of 'Replacement Theology,' as well as the importance of Israel's salvation. Michael L Brown is perhaps the Body's leading denouncer of 'Replacement Theology' and Gentile-ized 'Christianity.' The Way is a New,Better,SECOND COVENANT with Israel; not a new Gentile RELIGION called 'Christianity.' In fact, 'CHURCHianiTree'/'ChristianiTREE' may be more appropriate titles for what some Gentile disciples have done to the narrow Way: instead of the Second Covenant with Israel (who are the Olive Tree), into which Gentiles can be grafted in among the natural Jewish branches, we now (courtesy of the distorted Augustinian 'Covenant of [TULIP] Grace') have ChristianiTREE, into which Jewish people can be grafted in among the wild olive branches (!!!). Michael seeks to (non-legalistically) introduce Gentile disciples to the Jewish roots of the Way; and, he scripturally declares that Israel's salvation actually paves the way for Messiah's return. (Also, Michael has a very strong grasp of practical,daily holiness - see his book, Go and Sin No More: A Call to Holiness.

Without this information, I believe a typical Gentile believer's understanding of Second Covenant history is seriously deficient. This book is strongly recommended in itself, but complemented by another two: The Reformers and Their Stepchildren by Leonard Verduin, and LOST HERITAGE: The Heroic Story of Radical Christianity by Kim Tan.

A well-rounded, WEIGHTY (outside the box/wineskin) understanding of the narrow Way comes from OBJECTIVE personal study of Holy Scripture; outside of those INSPIRED words, some books (like bricks) collectively serve to build a fallible but robust defence against some of the (sincere or insincere) SUBJECTIVE misconceptions that have arisen over the last 1900 years. Everything written in that collection (indeed in any book about the narrow Way) must be tested by Holy Scripture, by God's TRUTH - not men's (well-intentioned, but) UNINSPIRED wineskins; above all, by the words of the One Teacher - Messiah Jesus (Matthew 23:8). One side of the INSPIRED Bible coin (so to speak) can lead to legalism or license - it takes BOTH sides of the TRUTH to properly nourish and equip a Second Covenant soldier of Messiah Jesus. This book on a missing CENTRAL jigsaw piece of Second Covenant history,is one of the collection.

(The Bible coin: Matthew 4:5-6/Matthew 4:7; Galatians 3:15-18/Hebrews 8:8; John 3:17/Acts 10:42; John 3:16/Luke 13:3; Mark 8:12/Hebrews 2:4; John 6:37/Luke 14:26; Matthew 11: 30/Luke 14:25-35; Acts 2:38/Acts 19:2; 1 Corinthians 14:18,26-33/1 Corinthians 14:19,40; Titus 3:5/Ephesians 2:10; John 1:17/Matthew 28:20; Matthew 7:1-5/1 Corinthians 5:9-13; John 10:11/John 12:24; John 10:10/1 Corinthians 5:14-15; Matthew 25:31-46/Revelation 20:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:10/Revelation 6:9-11; 1 John 1:6-9/Hebrews 10:26-31; Romans 8:11/John 15:6; Romans 8:30/Romans 11:11,19-22; 1 John 4:18/1 Peter 1:17 - and so on.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good Christian Apologetic, 16 Mar. 2014
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We to know this stuff and use it with the Bible in our hands to see the depth of love we need to show those who brought the gospel to us at such a cost whilst we shunned them.
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