Before the Dawn: Autobiographical Reflections
"This is the story of how the famous and revered Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, became a Christian and entered the Catholic Church after World War II. Zolli was a world-renowned Jewish leader, respected Scripture and Talmudic scholar, and noted authority on Semitic philology." "This classic work outlines the spiritual journey of Rabbi Zolli, through prayer, meditation on Scripture, and his lived experience, from devout Judaism to ardent Catholicism. He tells how he did not abandon his Jewish heritage; rather, he discovered the fullness of what God offered in Jesus and His Church. Zolli took the Christian name of Eugenio to honor Pope Pius XII (Eugenio was his baptismal name) for all he did to save the Jews during the war." "Before the Dawn covers highlights of his spiritual journey and includes some marvelous insights by Rabbi Zolli on Judaism, mysticism, the Law, and the Gospel. Zolli speaks of his journey not as a betrayal of the Synagogue but as a completion and fulfillment. He describes himself as becoming a "completed Jew" by recognizing Jesus Christ ("Rabbi Yeshua") as the Messiah and joining His Church. Zolli offers unique insights on the continuity between the Synagogue and the Catholic Church and many interesting insights into the Scriptures - including the New Testament - from an Orthodox Jewish perspective."--BOOK JACKET.
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