This arcane treatise aims to familiarize Jews with the New Testament. According to Cook, Jews shortchange themselves by failing to learn about the New Testament since they live in a Christian environment where their ignorance is a handicap. He wrote this manual to help Jews overcome this limitation, which he contends is a departure from the value Jews place on knowledge. At Hebrew Union College, where Cook teaches Judeo-Christian studies, rabbinical students have to learn the New Testament, a requirement that he feels should be mandated for all Jewish seminarians and college students. His handbook lays out the content for such courses for the benefit of non-Jews and secularists as well as Jews. Unfortunately, instead of presenting a primer, Cook offers a complicated text, replete with esoteric diagrams. His assumption of a base of knowledge contradicts his assertion that Jews know little about the New Testament. He examines the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation, discussing their abstruse and often contradictory meanings. Most beginning readers will get lost in Cook's perplexing consideration of minutiae, despite his comprehensive expertise. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environmentby Michael J. Cook
The New Testament has a surprisingly rich and fascinating history of composition. By understanding the processes by which these writings came to be, you will have the tools you need to engage the New Testament critically.See more details below
The New Testament has a surprisingly rich and fascinating history of composition. By understanding the processes by which these writings came to be, you will have the tools you need to engage the New Testament critically.
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Rabbi Michael J. Cook, PhD, is professor of intertestamental and early Christian literatures and holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professorship in Judaeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. He is author of Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment and is a leader in the field of Jewish-Christian relations.
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