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A Jewish friend invited Athol Dickson, a conservative Baptist minister, to an inter-faith Hebrew Scripture study group, Chever Torah, at a reformed Jewish congregation. The minister was both energized and extremely challenged by this experience. After spending five years attending this group, he wrote The Gospel according to Moses in which he discussed his experiences. In this book, Dickson quoted scriptures frequently and framed all of his arguments in terms of theology, history, and Biblical authority. He wrote of his genuine encounter between the Christian and Jewish interpretations of scriptures and tried to find a middle ground between the two. Through his investigation, he showed some of the primary differences and similarities between the two religious traditions. In the chapters, he examined the Christian and the Jewish perspectives on such topics as monotheism, scriptural paradox, doubting God, suffering, grace verses works, Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures, and about the eternal fate of the Jews who did not believe in Jesus. Dickson also explored why Jewish people had difficulty believing in the divinity/humanity of Jesus and about the horrific way that the Jews had been treated over the centuries by Christians. For his Jewish readers, Dickson presented Christianity as a logical outgrowth of the Hebrew scriptures. For his Christian readers, the book offered the confirmation that their basic tenets are grounded in the Hebrew scriptures. Even though this eloquently written book is highly personal describing Dickson's spiritual journey, The Gospel According to Moses, because of its Socratic style, is a fantastic teaching resource for people involved in ecclesiastical work. Finally, by reading it, devout Jews and Christians will hopefully learn to better understand each other and will learn to accept those people who try to integrate the two traditions.
What haunting legacy waits deep beneath the barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California? An idyllic Spanish mission collapses atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins are disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth. Caught up in the catastrophe are . . . A humble shopkeeper compelled to leave her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America A minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman An unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans A devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everythingWill the evil that destroyed the MisiÓn de Santa Dolores rise to overwhelm them, or will they beat back the terrible desires that left the mission's good Franciscan founder standing in the midst of flames ignited by his enemies and friends alike more than two centuries ago? From the high Sierra Madres to the harsh Sonoran desert, from the privileged world of millionaire moguls to the impoverished immigrants who serve them, Athol Dickson once again weaves a gripping story of suspense that spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles.
A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.
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