The Jewish Annotated New Testament

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

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by Amy-Jill Levine
     
 

Although major New Testament figures—Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene—were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew—until now. In The Jewish Annotated

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Overview

Although major New Testament figures—Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene—were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew—until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences. And they explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years.

An international team of scholars introduces and annotates the Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation from Jewish perspectives, in the New Revised Standard Version translation. They show how Jewish practices and writings, particularly the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, influenced the New Testament writers. From this perspective, readers gain new insight into the New Testament's meaning and significance. In addition, thirty essays on historical and religious topics—Divine Beings, Jesus in Jewish thought, Parables and Midrash, Mysticism, Jewish Family Life, Messianic Movements, Dead Sea Scrolls, questions of the New Testament and anti-Judaism, and others—bring the Jewish context of the New Testament to the fore, enabling all readers to see these writings both in their original contexts and in the history of interpretation. For readers unfamiliar with Christian language and customs, there are explanations of such matters as the Eucharist, the significance of baptism, and "original sin."

For non-Jewish readers interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity and for Jewish readers who want a New Testament that neither proselytizes for Christianity nor denigrates Judaism, The Jewish Annotated New Testament is an essential volume that places these writings in a context that will enlighten students, professionals, and general readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195297706
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Pages:
700
Sales rank:
75,776
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

The full text of the New Testament (in the New Revised Standard Version translation), each book introduced and annotated, plus a full selection of essays on historical and religious topics (e.g. the historical background of the Greco-Roman world in the years leading up to New Testament times).

Contributors

Alan J. Avery-Peck - 2 Corinthians
Herbert Basser - James
Daniel Boyarin - Logos, A Jewish Word: John's Prologue as Midrash
Marc Zvi Brettler - Editor; The New Testament between the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and Rabbinic Literature
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus - 3 John
Shaye J. D. Cohen - Galatians; Judaism and Jewishness; Josephus
Michael Cook - Philippians
Pamela Eisenbaum - Hebrews
Michael Fagenblat - Who Is my Neighbor? The Concept of Neighbor in Jewish and Christian Ethics
Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert - Judaizers, Jewish Christians, and Others
David Frankfurter - Revelation
David Friedenreich - Food and Table Fellowship
Julie Galambush - 2 John
Aaron M. Gale - Matthew
Joshua D. Garroway - Jews and Judeans: The Meanings of Ioudaios
Barbara Geller - Philemon
Gary Gilbert - Acts
Martin Goodman - Jewish History, 331 BCE - 135 CE
Leonard Greenspoon - The Septuagint
Michael R. Greenwald - 2 Peter; The Canon of the New Testament
Adam Gregerman - 2 Thessalonians
Maxine Grossman - Ephesians; The Dead Sea Scrolls
Susannah Heschel - Jesus in Modern Jewish Thought
Martha Himmelfarb - Afterlife and Resurrection
Tal Ilan - 2 Timothy
Andrew Jacobs - Jude
Jonathan Klawans - The Law
Naomi Koltun-Fromm - 1 Timothy
Jennifer Koosed - Titus
Ross S. Kraemer - Jewish Family Life in the First Century CE
Shira Lander - 1 Corinthians
Daniel R. Langton - Paul in Jewish Thought
Rebecca Lesses - Divine Beings
David Levenson - Messianic Movements

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