In 2011, Jonathan published a set of five Torah commentary books
drawn from the first seven years of his weekly on-line Torah
commentaries. Brought together in book form, these provide one reading a day
for one year, the complete Torah-reading cycle, including the special
readings for the major biblical feasts. Each reading contains a short
Hebrew text, a commentary that draws upon traditional Jewish writers and
thought as well as the New Convenant writings and Christian commentators,
some suggestions for futher study and a challenging application. Endorsed by
major figures in the Messianic Jewish movement, such as Dr Dan Juster, Dr
Mark Kinzer, Rabbi Russ Resnik, Eitan Shishkoff and Dr Richard Harvey, these
books are a powerful study and devotional guide to reading the Torah
in the Messianic Jewish way.
The books are very reasonably priced and are readily available from Amazon
in a number of countries.
Jonathan Allen's concise devotionals extract a living message for today
from the Hebrew text of the Torah. Each study begins with the sidra, the
traditional Jewish weekly Torah portion, goes on to discover a connection
with the New Testament, and concludes with a practical application for
followers of Messiah. Jonathan demonstrates once again that the Word of
God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword.
(Rabbi Russ Resnik serves as UMJC Rabbinic Counsel and is author of
"Gateways to Torah", "Creation to Completion" and "Divine Reversal")
Jonathan Allen's work is intellectually, academically and spiritually
substantive without being stilted, overly technical or simply boring ... For
those desiring a perspective on the Books of Moses that integrates
reflections from the new Covenant authors, this volume and its companions
provide a valuable addition, showing respect and relevance for both Jewish
and Gentile readers.
(Eitan Shishkoff leads the Tents of Mercy Network in Israel and is
author of "What About Us?")
Jonathan Allen does a good job or providing short,reflective and helpful
commentary on the weekly Torah readings from a Messianic Jewish perspective.
He draws upon the riches of the classic Jewish commentators and views their
insight through the lens of the New Covenant Scriptures.
(Mark Kinzer is Senior Scholar and President Emeritus of Messianic
Jewish Theological Institute; he is also author of "Post-Missionary
Messianic Judaism" and "Searching Her Own Majesty")
Jonathan Allen is a profound teacher of the Scriptures from a Messianic
Jewish perspective. His teachings, as represented in these volumes, are
clear, easy to comprehend and insightful. Raders will find themselves both
informed and inspired in their walk with Yeshua.
(Daniel Juster was one of the founders of the UMJC and is now the
dirctor of Restoration from Zion, one of the ministries of Tikkun
International. He is the author of several books, including "Jewish
In 2018, Wipf & Stock Publishers (of Eugene, Oregon) published Jonathan's
first academic book, "A Profile of Jewish Believers in the UK Church". A
revision of his PhD thesis, this explores what it is like to be a Jewish
believer in Yeshua in the UK church through over fifty interviews. Comparing
the field results against known social science theories of identity and
memory, Jonathan shows how the church matches the expected behaviour that
the theories predict and fails to match the biblical mandate developed from
well-known passages in the books of Romans and Ephesians. The book is
available from Amazon and, if you are in the UK, directly from Jonathan.
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Jonathan Allen's study of Jewish identity in the church raises profound
questions of critical interest for Jews, Christians and Jewish believers
in Jesus. What is the experience today of Jewish disciples of Jesus as
members of the Christian church? How are they perceived, and how in turn
do such perceptions impact on their own identity construction and
self-perception? The results of Allen's well-argued and detailed study
need to be carefully examined by all who are interested in Jewish-Christian
relations, Christian unity and the inter-relationship of theology and
(Richard Harvey is a Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus and author
of "Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology" and "Luther and the Jews: Putting
Right the Lies")
I have had the pleasure of working with Jonathan Allen for the three years
during which he researched this book and I am delighted that it is now
published. Not only is it a careful study of the experience of Messianic
Jews in the United Kingdom but it is a hopeful study, one that is written to
connect with Messianic Jewish scholarship, to nurture Messianic Jewish
identity, and most importantly to consider a way forward. Allen's intention
is missionaol, namely that the culture of the Jewish believe in Christ is not
lost from our churches.
(Howard Worsley is the Vice-Principal and Tutor in Mission at Trinity
College, Bristol, and author of "A Child Sees God: Children Talk About Bible
Stories" and "Anglican Church School Education: Moving Beyond The First Two
At the risk of being 'a voice crying in the desert' Jonathan Allen lives
the Pauline Ephesians vision of One New Man. Since Messianic Judaism's
emergence with such strength last century, the theology and practice of
Jewish belief in Jesus/Yeshua worldwide has caused migraines and heart
murmurs for Christian theologians and church leaders. This research
snap-shot puts the United Kingdom church on alert that there is much progress
yet to be made.
(Timothy Butlin is the vicar of St. Peter's Anglican Church,
Loudwater, United Kingdom)