If you walk into an Israeli pub or club on open-mike nights you might be shocked to hear songs from the Bible and about Yeshua. This may not be the normal career path for a Messianic recording artist, but this is how Ronen Shalom got his start.
(a person from a moshav
or farming community) is a mix of Abraham and John the Baptist—a man of the desert. He is a lover of God and a lover of the dusty southern Negev desert heat.
“In Hebrew, the words desert [midbar
], speak [medaber
] and word [davar
] originate from the same Hebrew root,” Shalom told israel today
. “God took his people to the desert to hear Hs voice, and my heart is to be an instrument for bringing others to that place, where you hear God and Hs word in the desert.”
It took Shalom six months to learn guitar before he started performing and it was shortly after that he began recording. Shalom’s first album includes songs from the Bible topped off with its reggae groove.
“More than that, I allow the Spirit to play on me as an instrument, I think this is how the combination of Russian, Greek, and Yemenite sounds like,” he said.
This cultural mix depicts Shalom’s cultural background. Shalom was born in Rehovot near Tel Aviv to a secular father whose family escaped from Greece during the Holocaust, and a Yemenite mother whose father was a rabbi.
To find out how Shalom came to faith in Yeshua, recorded his first album and his life in the desert, be sure to get the March 2006 edition of israel today.