Author: Nathan Slegers
Genre: Bible Study
Passover and Easter are pivotal events in Christianity that have divine connections. In Passover - The Story of Easter from the Beginning you'll be taken on a journey that explores the coherency of God's plan of redemption, from creation to the resurrection. In a theologically rich, yet easy to read manner, the Passover and Easter will be traced through some familiar connections such as Abraham, Isaac, and the Exodus, to many less known connections such as Joshua, Rahab, and Ruth. The result is a deeper understanding of both the Passover and Easter that will lead to a sharpened view of redemption and its transformational nature.
Reviewer: Beth Leffew
Overall this book was very thorough and to the point. The author definitely connected the traditional Jewish Passover and Easter (Resurrection day). I personally grew up in a Christian home, so I have grown accustomed to hearing Christian terminology such as “we are washed clean in the blood” or how God gave His only Son for the sins of everyone. Those statements are normal to me and make sense. The author did an excellent job of explaining how people who haven’t grown up in a Christian environment might perceive it. If we as Christians can understand where a person who doesn’t believe is coming from, we can help point them to Christ, which I believe is the whole purpose of this book.
The author succeeded in making a personal connection with his book. He told personal stories of his family and connected them with Biblical stories. There was a story of how his daughter burned herself after several warnings not to, and they ended up in the emergency room. Connection? Our Creator knew that we would fall short and disobey after He told us not to do so. His solution? He presented His sinless Son as a living sacrifice BEFORE the foundation of the world. I really appreciated the author’s take on this.
In conclusion, I believe Dr. Slegers accomplished what he set out to do with this book. He encouraged the audience to take a deeper look at the Passover/Easter connection, really, the Old Testament/New Testament connection. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the old testament and how it prophesies the new testament.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
If you have ever wondered what Jesus said to his disciples that day on the road to Emmaus (after he rose from the dead), it might have been similar to Passover, The Story of Easter from the Beginning by Nathan Slegers.
I've always known the connection between the Passover of the Old Testament and Jesus crucifixion, death and resurrection, but never have I seen it with such clarity as the author details in his book.
He doesn't just talk about Moses and the first Passover, he tells you about God's plan for humanity from the very beginning of creation. A plan for the redemption of humanity - a plan He set in motion before the beginning of the world. I was interested when the author brilliantly and succinctly laid out the reasons why the moon was so pivotal in marking the months for Israel and marking their feasts and festivals. I knew a little about this already, but I was delighted when he showed how God had planned these appointed times (like the Passover) from the beginning of creation. It was a giant light-bulb moment for me, and I loved it.
There were a lot of those in this book, and it will be something I treasure and keep close to me this Easter (yes, I will reread it). The author has provided details on which chapters to read as you head into the Easter season. I genuinely believe that anyone reading this book during the Lenten season will not regret it.
The author breaks down the Passover into essential sections and how they relate to Jesus and our redemption. Using the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jacob, Ruth and more, we begin to see how acutely aware God was before He even started to create us, that a plan needed to be in place for our redemption. More stunning of course is that the Bible, written by various authors over a span of hundreds of years, had the same redemption theme running throughout it.
I have never read a book that presents this so precisely. I invite you not to wait until Easter to read it, but to pick it up now! It will enrich your spiritual life and give you a new appreciation for what the Lord has done for us.
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