The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation
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There is a general understanding within religious and academic circles that the incarnate Christ of Christian belief lived and died a faithful Jew. This volume addresses Jesus in the context of Judaism. By emphasizing his Jewishness, the authors challenge today’s Jews to reclaim the Nazarene as a proto-rebel rabbi and invite Christians to discover or rediscover the Church’s Jewish heritage. The essays in this volume cover historical, literary, liturgical, philosophical, religious, theological, and contemporary issues related to the Jewish Jesus. Several of them were originally presented at a three-day symposium on “Jesus in the Context of Judaism and the Challenge to the Church,” hosted by the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University in 2009.
In the context of pluralism, in the temper of growing interreligious dialogue, and in the spirit of reconciliation, encountering Jesus as living history for Christians and Jews is both necessary and proper. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of the New Testament and Early Church who are seeking new ways of understanding Jesus in his religious and cultural milieu, as well Jewish and Christian theologians and thinkers who are concerned with contemporary Jewish and Christian relationships.
"This volume is important because it pushes in quite fresh direction. It is, more than that, both honest as dialogue requires and large-spirited in a way that makes new engagement possible. Garber and his collaborators have rendered an important service to us. The ditch has not been crossed, and perhaps it cannot be. “Perhaps,” because we do not know. But for now it is important to remember that Lessing, as he probed the ditch amid deep religious conflict, urged engagement in large-spirited interpretation that made much room for the other. That is not easy among us, given the long-term wounding enacted by Christians against Jews. This volume, however, suggests that a way ahead is possible. Whether Messiah will “come” or “come again,” we may commonly live in that hope." Walter Brueggemann, Review of Biblical Literature
"This excellent collection addresses what it means--both historically and theologically--to take seriously the Jewishness of Jesus. The essays exhibit the continuing vitality of scholarship growing out of Jewish-Christian dialogue. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty" S. Gowler, CHOICE, June 2012
"There is no way to encompass the riches of this volume in a brief review. The appearance of these essays, with whom many will find constructive engagement, is a welcome gift to a field of scholarship replete with recent gifts. Add it to your “Jesus and Judaism” library." Peter Zaas, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
The Jewish Jesus is an outstanding collection of 19 essays: each deals with the Jewish nature of Jesus in the context of history and theology. . . . Overall, this is a testament to the vitality of a continuing Jewish-Christian dialogue as well as a subject for study by Christian bible scholars and those interested in early Church history. - Sanford R. Silverburg, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews Newsletter
Among the strengths of the volume are its irenic spirit and searching approach. Difficult topics, such as Jewish mockery of Jesus and links between Christian anti-Judaism and the Shoah, are handled frankly, a sign of mature interreligious relations . There are many insights, and some essays make valuable contributions.” Adam Gregerman, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
The Jewish Jesus challenges Jews and Christians, in editor Zev Garber’s terms, to speculate on what the claim that the ‘Christ of Christian belief lived and died a faithful Jew’ might mean. Reinforcing the challenge, each essay includes discussion questions appropriate for the classroom and Jewish-Christian dialogues. Overall, Garber has produced an often instructive, frequently inspirational volume.” Amy-Jill Levine, H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews
About the Editor(s):
Zev Garber is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies and Philosophy at Los Angeles Valley College and has served as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at University of California at Riverside, Visiting Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and as President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of two academic series, Studies in Shoah (UPA) and Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies (Purdue UP), and serves as Co-Editor of Shofar.