The Jewish New Testament Commentary Hardcover – 1 Jun 1994
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The way that Stern brings demonstrates the Jewish nature of the New Testament is absolutely eye-opening also necessary if one is to understand the context of the books therein.
Phrases which might seem a little 'odd' or perplexing to western cultures make total sense once Stern has explained their Jewish meaning.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to any biblical scholar.
I haven't yet read every comment, but have actually got through most because half of the time I just can't put it down it is so interesting. There are three aspects that to me are very interesting in this book, and they are his views on Israel and the Church, Salvation by faith and also his understanding of the diety of Christ.
I have to be honest and say that he has enhanced my understanding of these subjects so much that I am just extremely grateful to this man. The Jewish context is so critical in understanding a book written predominently by Jews and he gives this extremely well.
I also like his understanding of Romans 9-11, he seems to take a very balanced approach in an era where so many have diverged beyond Scripture in two opposite directions in my opinion, I also learnt so much from his understanding of Ephesians 2 in relation to this issue. In that same vain, if you haven't already, read his exposition of Romans 2:28, 29 and Galatians 6:16 - just brilliant!
Also, his comments in Galatians are very interesting. His understanding of how Paul uses the term 'law' (nomos) in this book seem to be relatively unique and thus provide an interesting interpretation of the thrust of Paul's teaching to the Galatians. I also like the way he seems to dispel a few myths that have arison as theology has developed over the years in the Church.
Finally, his treatment of the deity of Christ is very helpful in my view - he basically asks and answers the question - is the idea compatible with a Jewish outlook/background? Obviously, given the rise of Arianism in the Church (both past and present), I think sometimes we (orthodox Christians) can look at a passage and try to prove the deity of Christ but end up missing what is being taught. I think Stern takes an interesting approach to this subject and is happy to say when he thinks a passage is clearly teaching the deity of Christ, and when perhaps others, though still hinting at this, actually could more be seeking teaching another truth at that point.
Overall, a great commentary and should definitely be bought by all teachers and students of the Word.
i cannot express in words really how grateful i am to david stern. This commentary should be on the reading list of everyone professing to follow christ. what is more it ouught to be compulsory for all new christians to own one. It would certainly save a lot of time in undoing some of the rubbish you learn over the years about what 'preachers' think the bible says about a verse.
My only complaint is that it is not bigger and more complete, and that there is not a versionl for tanakh.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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