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A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

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An in-depth look at the Christian scriptures—from a Jewish perspective.

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 ...

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Overview

An in-depth look at the Christian scriptures—from a Jewish perspective.

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. (Previously published by KTAV Publishing House, 1974, ISBN 0-870682-628.)

Rabbi Samuel Sandmel was professor of Bible and Hellenistic Literature at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and author of many highly regarded books in the fields of Jewish and Bible studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594730481
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Samuel Sandmel was professor of Bible and Hellenistic literature at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and was author of many highly regarded books in the field of Jewish and Bible studies.

Rabbi David Sandmel is the son of Samuel Sandmel and professor of Jewish studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is also the rabbi of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation.

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Table of Contents

I A description of the New Testament 3
II The historian's approach 7
III The Jewish background 18
IV From Judaism into Christianity 32
V The background of Paulinism 37
VI Paul 44
VII Paul's doctrine of Christ 52
VIII The church and the law of Moses 61
IX The epistles of Paul 78
X Pauline Christianity and Greek religion 97
XI The gospel process 107
XII The gospel according to Mark 115
XIII Beyond the gospel according to Mark 136
XIV The gospel according to Matthew 144
XV The gospel according to Luke 169
XVI The historical Jesus 193
XVII Catholic, Johannine, and pastoral epistles 213
XVIII The epistle of James 219
XIX The first epistle of Peter 222
XX The epistle of the Hebrews 227
XXI The Johannine epistles 236
XXII Revelation 240
XXIII Acts of the apostles 253
XXIV The gospel according to John 266
XXV The pastoral epistles 287
XXVI Jude and Second Peter 295
XXVII The genius of the New Testament faith 301
XXVIII Epilogue 319
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