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In his latest book, Schäfer (Judaic studies, Princeton; Mirror of His Beauty: Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah) refutes positivistic attempts to rediscover and justify rabbinical texts as historical sources for Jesus's life as well as opposes claims that the Talmud and its early rabbinic commentaries do not refer to Jesus at all. Evidence for his thesis comes from the Palestinian and Babylonian Talmuds and their early commentaries. The author also explores those sacred texts' references to and depictions of Jesus (scattered and often dealt with in passing, to be sure) and determines that the rabbinic stories are primarily retellings of the New Testament narrative, "a literary answer to a literary text." Moreover, he sees the Babylonian stories about Jesus and his family as being "deliberate and highly sophisticated counternarratives to the stories about Jesus' life and death in the Gospels" and "a proud and self-confident message that runs counter to all that we know from Christian and later Jewish sources." Meticulously researched and argued as well as clearly and accessibly written, this most intriguing--albeit radical--book is sure to spark interest, debate, and controversy. An essential purchase for academic religion collections and theological libraries.