Review of Y. Shapira's Return of the Kosher Pig

By Rob Vanhoff

Where to begin?

I became increasingly saddened as I read through The Return of the Kosher Pig (hereafter, RKP), by Yitzhak Shapira. The title was clever enough, sure to get the attention of anyone who would recognize the oxymoron. In the book there seems a sincere desire to convince readers that a divine Messiah is not a foreign idea to Judaism after all, and that those who have rejected Yeshua on those grounds should therefore reconsider. Peppered throughout RKP are citations of rabbinic sources from a number of times and places which Shapira musters to support his claim. Unless the Gospel is explained using the proper Jewish tools, Yeshua will continue to be unrecognized by Jews time and again.


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Tim Hegg

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Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.