If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that things are often not what they appear to be. I was reminded of this once again when I encounter this new book, The Return of the Kosher Pig. Quite honestly, I was curious about this title. If you know about Judaism, you know pigs are unclean (not kosher); so a kosher pig is a contradiction. I’m sure others reading this may find the title to be disturbing. However, author and rabbi, Tzahi (Itzhak) Shapira, shares this explanation for the title:
“I am sure that some of you who read the title of the book raised an eyebrow or two. Who is the Kosher Pig and why will he return? I can assure you today that the title The Return of the Kosher Pig does not involve any type of marketing gimmick of any sort to sell more copies! Before getting upset about the title of the book, I would like to briefly explain the important term “Kosher Pig” as it is an important premise for the rest of the book. The pig, or Cahzir (חזיר) in Hebrew, represents the symbol of uncleanness to the Jew. Yeshua of Natzeret is the only one who claimed to be divine in nature with the full authority to even forgive sins. Modern Judaism, that is built on 13 articles of faith clearly rejects the idea that G-D can take a form of a man. Yeshua because of his claims is considered unclean to the Jewish people. Amazing, some of the Rabbis declared that the pig will return during the days of Messiah and will become Kosher as he reveals his true nature. The Return of the Kosher Pig attempts to bring back the unkosher Yeshua to the Jewish people by presenting the case for the divine Messiah.”
In this new book, Shapira sets out to walk his reader through the historical and theological background of the Kosher Pig, the traditional framework and evidence for the Kosher Pig
The Bottom Line
This book is incredible– A labor of devotion and dedication. Although the Jewish believer is the Shapira’s target audience, I believe this book is a must for anyone serious about Biblical studies. Shapira is very complete in his analysis of Old Testament a prophecy of the Messiah. As a rabbi committed to discovering all the prophecies of the Messiah, he spent nearly 15 years researching all of the Hebrew primary and secondary sources from over the last 2000 years.
This book is informative. It has an easy to read style. It is more academic in nature, but it delivers exactly what it sets out to give to it’s reader. I hope you consider adding this volume to your study library. I give The Return of the Kosher Pig five out of five stars.
Far from a study of kosher dietary laws, this book is an unprecedented journey toward the true identity of the Divine Messiah the one previously considered unkosher and unacceptable by Jewish people. This encyclopedic volume will surprise and challenge you with the compelling words of Jewish sages and rabbis over the last 2,000 years, many in English for the first time.
The Return of the Kosher Pig features:
– Glossary of over 300 terms that will enable readers to dive deeper into Hebraic/biblical thought
– Directory of all major rabbinical works on the issue of Messiah in the last 2,000 years
– Index of all references from the Torah, Prophets, Writings, New Testament, and the Talmud
– Easy-to-read format that provides an excellent study tool for students of scripture
– Full bibliography with numerous sources that are hidden to many English speakers on the nature of the Messiah.
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Lederer Messianic Publications (July 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936716453
- ISBN-13: 978-1936716456
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Retail Price: $39.99
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Tzahi (Itzhak) Shapira was born and raised in a traditional Sephardic Jewish home in Israel. After years of studying Rabbinic Jewish texts, he found the Messiah within the Hebrew writings. Far from a study of kosher dietary laws, The Return of the Kosher Pig is an unprecedented journey toward the true identity of the Divine Messiah – the one previously considered “unkosher” and “unacceptable” by Jewish people. This encyclopedic volume will surprise and challenge you with the compelling words of Jewish sages and rabbis over the last 2,000 years, many in English for the first time. Rabbi Shapira serves as the as the founding rabbi of Ahavat Ammi, an international Jewish organization that is focused on reconciliation between Jews and Yeshua.