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Jesus the Jewish Theologian [Paperback]

Brad H Young
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1 Jun 1995
Jesus the Jewish Theologian establishes Jesus firmly within the context of first century Judaism and shows how understanding Jesus' Jewishness is crucial for interpreting the New Testament and for understanding the nature of Christian faith. Insights from Jewish literature, archeology, and tradition help modern readers place Jesus within his original context. Particular attention is given to the Jewish roots of Jesus' teaching concerning the kingdom of God.
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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers Inc; Third Printing edition (1 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565630602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565630604
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brad H. Young (Ph.D., Hebrew University) studied under David Flusser and is the author of Jesus and His Jewish Parables and The Jewish Background to the Lord's Prayer. He is the president and founder of the Gospel Research Foundation, which is committed to exploring the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, and is on the editorial board of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum. He is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Theology and Missions at Oral Roberts University, serving as associate professor of biblical literature. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... 12 Feb 2007
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If you are at all interested in Christianity or Messianic Judaism, this is a must for your bookshelf. It tackles many thorny issues, including the Sabbath as Jesus celebrated and taught about it, the Law, and what Jesus really meant.

Young portrays Jesus very much as a man of his day, his teaching as it would be viewed by his peers and other wandering sages, and his Messianic claims. It definitely sheds new light on many of the well know teaching of Jesus.

This book enhances and gives understanding to our faith. It is scholarly, but very readable. I thoroughly recommended it and Young's other books.
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Have just completed Jesus The Jewish Theologian and found it to be extremely revealing about the truth behind the words of Jesus. As a Christian I have always been interested in Judiasm and curious about how Jesus would feel today about his words in the Christian world. The book can only bring you closer to God. Whether you be Jewish or Christian. If Christian it will certainly give you "food" for thought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing 19 Feb 2013
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I concur with J. Ratcliff's review. In general I found this book disappointing not least because the style of writing is overly didactic, stressing the author's heartfelt wish for his readers to agree with his thesis. There is a lack of true academic or intellectual rigour which is a pity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gives a better understanding of Jesus' message 28 Jan 2013
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Tracing back Jesus' parables to his Jewish background gives more depth and meaning as to what he was actually speaking about. This is a must read for any Christian who has no or very little knowledge of the Jewish Jesus and the society in which he grew up.
Brad Young obviously is passionate about Jewish thinking and about conveying it to the 'Gentiles'. I shall read more of his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "This book is both original and good..." 4 Dec 2010
"...Unfortunately the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good."

This was bought for me as present a couple of years ago but sat unread (alongside a number of books) on my bookcase until recently. It was then recommended to me by a friend from Church who was very enthused with it, so I decided to pick it up and have a read. I have to say, in contrast with my friend, that I am underwhelmed by the quality of the arguments made by Dr Young as well as questioning some of the assertions he makes.

Dr Young is obviously very sincere in his belief to foster interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Judaism and is be commended for such an approach. The glowing endorsements from both Christians and Jews (who write a foreword each) testifies to the success of his approach. Any attempt to bring fresh understanding between different beliefs who have had a troubled relationship both in the the past and present is a noble effort.

Dr Young main thesis is that Jesus was just as much a theologian as Paul the Apostle and that the Jewishness of early Christianity has been either been misunderstood, ignored or simply not taught so that the dominant picture of Jesus (and hence Christianity) is distorted. Dr Young is conversant with Rabbinic Judaism and draws may parallels between the teaching in the Talmud and the NT to build his case. He also uses numerous linguistic arguments, arguing that existing translations can lead to misinterpretation of Jesus' teaching. It should also be pointed out that although Dr Young doesn't explicitly say it, he is following the New Perspective in his interpretation of the Jesus' relationship to the Law.
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