This is an authoritative work from and author who knows his subject and communicates it clearly in this book. Some of his earlier books are hard to read, but I am really enjoying this one. Brad Young unveils the cultural background and religious milieu that Jesus lived and taught in, and how much he had in common with the Pharisaic teachers of the day. In so doing he helps to correct common misunderstandings and misinterpretations of what Jesus said, meant and did for those who are unaware of the Hebraic background of the Christian faith. The result only serves to enrich and help the reader in their understanding of Jesus and his mission. However this is also a book for those of the Jewish Faith, as Prof Young shows that many of the revered Rabbis of the Mishnaic era taught similar ideas and doctrines. He helps dispel traditional prejudices which have alienated Jesus from his own people. Jewish readers might be surprised how helpful and relevant the teachings of Jesus are to them. This is a book which should help encourage mutual respect, understanding and dialogue between theses two faiths and deserves to widely read.
Meet the Rabbis by Brad Jones is a book that needs to be well read bu people of the Jewish and Christian faiths. It in a clear and easy to read way shows the link between the Jewish and Chritian ways of thinking. I feel this book is of benefit to both groups - but for Christians just a little more as it shows the thoughts behind much of what Jesus said.