Eldad Keynan

Israeli Historian, 2nd Temple and Early Christianity

It’s a strong book; educating, eye-opening, and very “pointing” and directing. One cannot miss the basic message regarding mutual responsibility, by understanding the roles of the remnant and Eliezer. Get it, read it and let it sink.

what makes this book so unique is the way it reveals divine plan and turns it to practical obligation. The style s also unique: it is highly educating, encouraging, informative and some time it’s a story, told by a highly-skilled storyteller.

This book led me to roads and paths, the existence of which was well known to many, including me, but to which we could not find the keys. As Rivkah’s role as the keys-holder is now understood, the gates to the roads and paths mentioned above are opened. But one must find the motivation to walk along.

From where I stand, Rivkah remnant is another proof to Yeshua’s deep roots in the Jewish-rabbinic culture of his time. He followed and produced Halacha, which was and is basically the Torah interpretation. The main tool to produce Halacha is Midrash. Rabbis used it to produced Halacha before Yeshua’s time and much later after it – until today. Hence the messianic stand, as presented in this book, is rooted precisely where Yeshua’s cultural roots are. In short: just as there is no way to understand Yeshua but as a Jew, there is also no way to understand him unless one understands how deeply He was rooted in Jewish life and culture.

R. Shapira not only understands Midrash correctly. He goes a few steps further: he is using Midrash to explain his arguments and also produces Midrash to explain and teach. His sources have been produced over a very long period of time, but nevertheless, they all converge from the first chapter to the last. Brick after brick is placed down to the proper place, and like a Pyramid, all lead to the pick, which is the understanding of Rivkah and her remnant’s role.
When reading this book, one is slowly submerged and taken, to the point that what Scripture and rabbis said thousands of years ago, wipes out the time gap: what has been said was relevant back then, in the past, as, and because it is relevant now, and will be in the future.

Get the book; read and carefully, and let it take you completely.