From the Publisher
"Startling in its innovative approach … shatters the mold of most approaches to Gospel commentary. It imaginatively yokes together historical scholarship, literary freshness and commitment to interreligious dialogueall with a spiritual energy that is unnervingly evocative for our turbulent times."
Rev. Alan Race, editor in chief, Interreligious Insight: A Journal of Dialogue and Engagement
"Excellent and insightful … a fresh and dynamic model for Jewish-Christian collaboration. This book is going to open minds and, more important, change hearts."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained
“Offers us sensitive reflections on key religious texts that have produced pain and separation in the past, and shows us a way through these texts to a more wholesome and productive encounter between the two faith communities. A welcome addition to the dialogue on Christian-Jewish relations.”
John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, PhD, director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program Catholic Theological Union, Chicago; president, International Council of Christians and Jews
This book ambitiously aims to contribute "to a much needed healing of the two-thousand-year rift between Christians and Jews." To achieve that bold objective, Miller and Bernstein focus on analyzing the Gospel of Matthew, asserting that "it is paradoxically the most Jewish and the most anti-Jewish book in the Christian Testament." Miller, a former Jesuit priest who chairs the religion department at Lake Forest College in Illinois, uses his own translation of Matthew in 36 brief chapters. Bernstein, who spent five years in rabbinical studies, offers her commentary followed by Miller's discussion of her analysis as well as his own exegesis. Each chapter concludes with three questions, intended for use by small groups of Jews and Christians that the authors ask readers to organize. The topics range from messianism and the Lord's Prayer to sin, peace, identity, miraculous birth and Jewish renewal, among others. Bernstein's controversial conclusion calls for Jews to pay heed to Jeshu, as the authors call Jesus, and to welcome this "rebbe" as a revered teacher. While some may see the book's aim as grandiose, the authors tackle an enormous and bitter problem in a concrete, helpful way. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.