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The New Testament is a Jewish book--by Jews, mostly about Jews, and for Jews as well as Gentiles. Its central figure, the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), was and is a Jew. Vicarious atonement, salvation, immersion (baptism), the new covenant and the very concept of a Messiah are all Jewish. In sum, the New...
The New Testament is a Jewish book--by Jews, mostly about Jews, and for Jews as well as Gentiles. Its central figure, the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), was and is a Jew. Vicarious atonement, salvation, immersion (baptism), the new covenant and the very concept of a Messiah are all Jewish. In sum, the New Testament is built upon and completes the Hebrew Scriptures.
The Jewish New Testament brings out Jewishness in three ways:
- Cosmetically--by using neutral terms and Hebrew names: "execution-stake," not "cross"; "Ya'akov," not "James."
- Culturally and Religiously--by highlighting Jewish features: "Chanukkah," not "the feast of dedication"; "tzitzit," not "fringe."
- Theologically--by correcting mistranslations resulting from anti-Jewish theological bias; for example, at Romans 10:4 the Messiah is "the goal at which the Torah aims," not "the end of the law."
Freshly rendered from the original Greek into enjoyable modern English by a Messianic Jew (a Jew who honors Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel), the "Jewish New Testament" challenges Jews to understand that Yeshua is a friend to every Jewish heart and the New Testament a Jewish book filled with truths to be accepted and acted upon. At the same time, while reaffirming the equality of Gentiles and Jews in the Messianic Community, it challenges Christians to acknowledge the Jewishness of their faith and their oneness with the Jewish people.
David H. Stern, born in Los Angeles in 1935, is the great-grandson of two of the city's first twenty Jews. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University and was a professor at UCLA. In 1972 he came to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. He then received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, did graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979 the Stern family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel); they now live in Jerusalem. Dr. Stern authored the "Messianic Jewish Manifesto". His highly acclaimed English translation, the "Jewish New Testament," restores the New Testament's Jewishness. His "Jewish New Testament Commentary" discusses the many Jewish issues found in the New Testament. His fresh translation, the "Complete Jewish Bible", expresses the unity of the Tanakh ("Old Testament") and the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament"). This outstanding, scholarly work offers Bible readers a thorough, biblically Jewish version of God's word.
Posted January 14, 2010
An outstanding New Testament Translation for not only Jews, but us Goyim (Gentiles) as well. The clarity of the WORD ,written by Jews, for Jews, given to the Goyim to HELP the Jews believe, is such a blessing. Highly Recommended by this Pastor and his staff !! The Complete Jewish Bible Is the completion of this work , and we use it to gleen the true Word of GOD from all other texts. Thanks to our Brother, David Stern, for being obedient ! However, there is a typo omission in the book of Mattityahu(Matthew)24:36. The text ends on page 35 with'"...not the angels", and begins again on pg.36 with vv #37. This verse is complete in the C.J.B., and finishes'"..in heaven,not the Son, only the Father. Important words.Please make note of the omission.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2003
I've read several regular English translations of the Bible (NIV, NRSV, NKJV, KJV, etc) I was having difficulties in understanding Jesus as a Jew and the Jewish people. There was something that was missing that I was looking for in relation to the Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures. I by chance (?) came across this Jewish New Testament translation by Mr. Stern and I've not be able to let go of it, this text has help fill some of the longing I've had. The Jewish New Testament has helped a bunch now in my needing to understand the Messianic beginnings and making the Jewishness of the Holy Scriptures real for me. Next on my list is to purchase the Complete Bible translation by Mr. Stern.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2000
The Jewish New Testament is a must for any serious student of the Bible. It is written in the perspective and cultural vernacular of those who wrote it......Jews. It has the lilt and meter of The Living Bible, so it is easy to read. Most importantly, however, is that it clears up many common issues of Christian Faith, such as Grace vs. Law, Works vs. Faith, and more. And, it does it by bringing forward from the the 1st century AD, the Hebrew minds of the people who spoke the words. It is very important to read the introductory notes, which are practically a textbook, and a wealth of information,in themselves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2010
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Posted July 1, 2010
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