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A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament - Samuel Sandmel

A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781594730481
Number Of Pages: 368

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Many Jewish people know the New Testament only through snippets of verse heard at a Christian wedding or funeral, or through a chapter read in literature class. Many are completely unfamiliar with the meaning or messages of Christian scripture and therefore hold strange or startling judgments about it.

A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament introduces the text to Jewish readers. Samuel Sandmel applies scholarly criticism and provides historical background to the writings of the New Testament, revealing how the sacred literature of other religions can provide fresh perspectives on one's own beliefs.

Without compromising his Jewish identity or encouraging any traditional Jewish stereotypes of the New Testament, Sandmel offers an enlightened view of Christian beliefs and encourages readers to acknowledge their common humanity with people of all religions.

"Now when it is needed more than ever, at last the definitive classic is back. Samuel Sandmel--beloved teacher of Bible to generations of Reform rabbis--guides Jews through the beauty, subtlety, and difficulty of Christian scripture. Don't open the desk drawer in a motel room without Sandmel in your other hand." --Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer



"This is a classic in every sense of the term. Sandmel guides us patiently through the early writings of the Christian Church--Paul and the Epistles, the Gospels and the other writings--with scholarly acumen, sound historical judgement and sympathy. Particularly striking is his treatment of both the genuine controversies within and between the individual books and the overarching unity of the whole." --Rabbi Neil Gillman, professor of Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary; author of The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought and The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians "Now when it is needed more than ever, at last the definitive classic is back. Samuel Sandmel beloved teacher of Bible to generations of Reform rabbis guides Jews through the beauty, subtlety, and difficulty of Christian scripture. Don't open the desk drawer in a motel room without Sandmel in your other hand." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

"This is a classic in every sense of the term. Sandmel guides us patiently through the early writings of the Christian Church Paul and the Epistles, the Gospels and the other writings with scholarly acumen, sound historical judgement and sympathy. Particularly striking is his treatment of both the genuine controversies within and between the individual books and the overarching unity of the whole." Rabbi Neil Gillman, professor of Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary; author of The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought and The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians"

A description of the New Testamentp. 3
The historian's approachp. 7
The Jewish backgroundp. 18
From Judaism into Christianityp. 32
The background of Paulinismp. 37
Paulp. 44
Paul's doctrine of Christp. 52
The church and the law of Mosesp. 61
The epistles of Paulp. 78
Pauline Christianity and Greek religionp. 97
The gospel processp. 107
The gospel according to Markp. 115
Beyond the gospel according to Markp. 136
The gospel according to Matthewp. 144
The gospel according to Lukep. 169
The historical Jesusp. 193
Catholic, Johannine, and pastoral epistlesp. 213
The epistle of Jamesp. 219
The first epistle of Peterp. 222
The epistle of the Hebrewsp. 227
The Johannine epistlesp. 236
Revelationp. 240
Acts of the apostlesp. 253
The gospel according to Johnp. 266
The pastoral epistlesp. 287
Jude and Second Peterp. 295
The genius of the New Testament faithp. 301
Epiloguep. 319
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ISBN: 9781594730481
ISBN-10: 1594730482
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition