In July 2008 a front-page story in the New York Times reported on the discovery of an ancient Hebrew tablet, dating from before the birth of Jesus, which predicted a Messiah who would rise from the dead after three days. Commenting on this startling discovery at the time, noted Talmud scholar Daniel Boyarin argued that some Christians will find it shocking—a challenge to the uniqueness of their theology.”
Guiding us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures, The Jewish Gospels makes the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong. In Boyarin’s scrupulously illustrated account, the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish. What came to be known as Christianity came much later, as religious and political leaders sought to impose a new religious orthodoxy that was not present at the time of Jesus’s life.
In the vein of Elaine Pagels’s The Gnostic Gospels, here is a brilliant new work that will break open some of our culture’s most cherished assumptions.
"If Boyarin is right, the consequences go beyond making a few adjustments to our understanding of the past. As the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles writes in his foreword to "The Jewish Gospels, " Jews and Christians will have to radically rethink their identities and relationship to each other."
"Boyarin proposes that by constructing the categories of religious orthodoxy and heresy, second-century Gentile Christians created the concept of religion which pervades the Western world to this day . . . intensely provocative and innovative."
"A brilliant and momentous book."
--Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School
"Raises profound questions . . . this provocative book will change the way we think of the Gospels in their Jewish context."
--John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School
"It's certainly noteworthy when one of the world's leading Jewish scholars publishes a book about Jesus . . . extremely stimulating."
--Daniel C. Peterson, "The Deseret News"
"[A] fascinating recasting of the story of Jesus."
--Elliot Wolfson, New York University
|From Son of God to Son of Man||p. 25|
|The Son of Man in First Enoch and Fourth Ezra: Other Jewish Messiahs of the First Century||p. 71|
|Jesus Kept Kosher||p. 102|
|The Suffering Christ as a Midrash on Daniel||p. 129|
|Epilogue: The Jewish Gospel||p. 157|
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Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 14.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.295