I was prompted to look up this book by Pope Benedict XVI's Volume I: Jesus of Nazareth. I was not disappointed at all. The basis of 'Talks Strategy' is laid out in chapter 1. This is very humble but an intelligent and a diplomatic approach. To keep matters in proper focus only Matthew's Gospel is taken and quoted text by text for the dialogue. The imaginary talking goes on and on to make the points of the disciplines of Torah and other texts by the early Jewish Rabbis (cf 'Church Fathers') of the Jewish faith. For the Christian faithfuls familiar with 'Apologetics' will spot how there is a theme of Jewish Apologetics used the author coming into play. Every chapter ends with a good conclusion. Chapter 10 almost drops the final bomb shell: " And I do not believe God would want it any other way". This can only come a convinced and thoughtful Jewish thinker. Pope Benedict XVI appears to predict this ending to make the reader think for himself and form his view one way or other.
This is a fascinating look into the life and teachings of Jesus from a Jewish perspective. It has often been suggested that Jesus was just a 'good teacher' with a high moral code who never claimed to be anything more than a normal human being but was misunderstood by his followers - and especially later on by the apostle Paul - who invented the idea that he was God's son. Jacob Neusner shows that pretty well everything Jesus said and did would have been interpreted by the Jews of his day as being tantamount to claiming he was God himself. This book really makes you think.
Reb. Neusner gave me new perspectives on Jesus in a thoughtful and respectful way. Personally, I thought a little too respectful; there was, for instance, the opportunity to consider Jesus as prophet, not just as God incarnate.
It is a good book to understan why 2.000 years ago, people that is blind with the Law and do not open the mind for the Reality coul kill a man like Jesus (and that continue to happen in the world of fanatic religions)