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"This volume is vintage deSilva; well written, carefully researched, demonstrating mastery of primary and secondary literature, appropriately cautious yet not affraid to press on with assumptions that may require reconsideration... Readers will come away well informed and inclined toward a greater appreciation of the literary and historical context of Jesus and his brothers. This book is highly recommended for its careful and meticulous attention to points of commonality and differences between the teachings of the NT and selected Jewish texts." --Journal of the Evangelical TheologicalSociety"In this fascinating volume, David deSilva brings key Jewish writings into dialogue with the teachings of Jesus and his two brothers, James and Jude. The result is valuable historically and invigorating theologically. Here is an important reminder that, as Jesus articulated his message, and as James and Jude instructed the faithful, they participated in a world already fertile with reflection on God's ways."--Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary"David deSilva's The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude is brilliantly conceived. For a number of reasons interpreters have not investigated at length the Jewish 'teachers' whose ideas contributed to the distinct message of Jesus of Nazareth and his brothers James and Jude. This neglect has been addressed by deSilva, whose expertise in the Jewish intertestamental literature qualifies him for this important task. What results is a book that demonstrates the importance of a number of Jewish works not well known to the reading public, including Jews and Christians, for understanding the theology of Jesus and his brothers. Readers will gain a whole new appreciation for the world in which the founders of the Christian movement were nurtured."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada"Many today will be excited about David deSilva's attempt to correct the impression held by too many Christians that Jesus was not significantly influenced by Jews contemporaneous with him. David deSilva also brings into perspective the thoughts in Jude and James (Jesus' younger half-brothers); these two important witnesses to first-century teaching are too often marginalized as 'minor epistles.' With engaging clarity deSilva shows that Jesus did not speak against Judaism but within it. This book is a major corrective to approaches to the first century with a myopic focus on Paul."--James H. Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary

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The Most Excellent Text on Christian Origins I've Yet Seen 3 Sept. 2013
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I had high expectations for this book because I had read deSilva's Introduction to the Apocrypha. I was not disappointed. It greatly surpassed my expectations. The discussions on the search for the historical Jesus were very academic and very tough going. But only here will you find extensive discussion of exactly how and why the books of 1 Enoch, the Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs, Sirach, Tobit, 2 Maccabees, the Lives of the Prophets, and The Testament of Job, Bear in mind that the book is very academic and runs 200 pages, but it covers nothing else. It is not a text suitable for a beginner in Second Temple Judaism; for that, Murphy's book on Early Judaism is probably much better. deSilva's book fills a serious gap in many current studies: they give much historical background, but little discussion of the actual texts. deSilva discusses the texts extensively and leaves the historical discussion to others.
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Excellent Resource 9 April 2014
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de Silva is a very good writer. You will find this commentary easy to read and understand, but with the depth necessary to get to the heart of the passages covered.
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