A Rabbi Talks with Jesus Paperback – 1 Dec 1996
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The author argues that the Torah was and is perfect and that there is no need for the teachings of Jesus as exemplified in the Sermon on the Mount. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was kind of hoping that Neusner would delve into the subject of what Jesus may have REALLY taught and whether those things were reconcilable with the Bible versus what teachings were ascribed to him by the NT authors. To wit, it's now widely recognized that all canonic Christian literature was composed decades after Jesus's death, and some of its authors had never personally known Jesus. Also, there is such thing as apocrypha gospels etc., which present Jesus teachings in a different light, but of course those are not a part of the Christian canon.
Instead, somewhat disappointingly, Neusner just essentially nitpicks about what may not even be a straight heresy. For example, the NT narrative about the religious leaders of the day scolding Jesus for healing the sick and allowing his followers to glean some grain on Shabbos. Yet, the Pikuach Nefesh concept probably justifies what Jesus did: human life and well-being are a priority. The Law is here to help us thrive, not to keep us sick and starving.
Also, I found the book style and spirit a lot less imaginative and animated than e.g. the Kosher Jesus by r. Shmuley Boteach (which is a politically correct way of saying that reading the Rabbi Talks with Jesus is a bit of a chore).
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