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Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 X .50 (inches)
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Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Introduction to the Jewish JesusDecember 14, 2013Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is primarily for readers who have little or no exposure to the idea that the Jesus of the gospels is a Jew preaching primarily to Jews in the first century Palestine of the Roman empire. The essential point which the book makes (very clearly and effectively) is that Jesus teaches from a Jewish heritage and perspective, to a Jewish audience who will understand his words within a Jewish conceptual framework. As will become clear to the reader, most of this background is now lost (almost irretrievably) beneath centuries of theological interpretation, covertly influenced and perhaps distorted by non-Jewish and even anti-Semitic thinking. I found the author's analysis mostly suggestive rather than informative in any "scholarly" detail. This, however, appears to be his intent. The book is most profitably read as a re-sensitization to the Jewish undercurrents of the gospels, a perspective often lacking even in knowledgeable Christian thinkers, I suspect largely due to the influence of Paul's animosity toward Mosaic law. It also seems largely forgotten, even by more advanced students of the gospels, that the so-called "primitive Church" was a branch of Judaism. Yet that very perspective is essential to a deeper understanding not only of the setting of the gospels, but also of their core meaning. Kudos to the author for trying to break through the dross of interpretation (and distortion) to this core. The book may be read very profitably with these points in mind.