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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably a book no serious NT student or preacher should be without, 22 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Hardcover)
It's hard to do justice to this wonderful book in a short review. As a concept, it's fascinating: get a group of Jewish scholars to provide verse by verse commentary on all twenty-seven books of the New Testament; supplement that with thirty top-notch essays on everything from `common Christian errors about early Judaism' and Jewish history of the period to `Paul and Judaism' and ancient Jewish views on the afterlife and resurrection; then add maps, short sidebar articles, reference material and a glossary. That will give you some idea of just how comprehensive this compendious and scholarly work is aiming to be.

And it succeeds. The commentaries are almost all first-rate. The contributors draw out Jewish themes from the NT passages they discuss, often citing illuminatingly from rabbinic or Jewish inter-testamental works to reinforce a point. Though it's invidious to single out particular examples, I felt that Mark Nanos on Romans, Herbert Basser on the letter of James, and Aaron Gale on Matthew's Gospel were particularly fine, with only Shaye Cohen's footnotes on Paul's letter to the Galatians perhaps failing to rise fully to the insightfully high standards set by other contributors. The sidebar articles dotted throughout give excellent crisp overviews of a wide range of topics, and the longer essays at the end are quite brilliant summaries of the current state of research and thinking on pretty well every conceivable aspect of the history, society and religious thought of Jesus' time; literary sources of the period; and Jewish responses throughout history to Jesus and Paul. I don't think any serious student of the New Testament, or Christian preacher for that matter, can afford to be without this magisterial work on the bookshelves.
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