Jesus in the Feasts of Israel — Richard Booker

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A friend and co-worker recommended this book to me and provided a copy, and while I was mostly excited about reading it, I have to say I was a little skeptical. I have never heard of Richard Booker before, and a cursory Google search really didn’t provide me with more information about him than I could get from the book itself. But I was so interested in delving into this topic that I was still glad to read it. I have to say, it exceeded my expectations. I still don’t know what denomination Richard Booker belongs to, but he is doctrinally sound and preaches the gospel in every chapter of this book. It seems that he and I may possibly have some disagreements about Pentecostalism and related issues, but those are minor and not worthy to subtract from the gospel that is presented in this succinct work.

One of the major things I gleaned from reading Jesus in the Feasts of Israel was that Booker must have either been very influential or very cliche. I say this because there were so many instances of a phrase or illustration he uses I must have heard 100 times while in church in the 1990s. Or maybe everyone was using the same information more than now because information was more limited. That is beside the point, however, as his points and illustrations gorgeously link the feasts of Israel to how they were fulfilled (or will be fulfilled) in Jesus.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who finds it hard to read the Old Testament and connect it to Jesus. It may be a small sample of all the things that do connect, but it will train your brain to look for those connections. As a side note: this book was written in 1987, and the thing that aged the most was the following passage when talking about the 1000-year reign of Christ:

This period of time is known as the Millenium, from the Latin words milli (one thousand) and annum (year).

Any book written after 1990 (I’m guessing) doesn’t see a need to explain what “milennium” means, because it entered the popular consciousness. Being born in 1989, I don’t remember not knowing what “millennium” meant, so this was entertaining for me.