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The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction

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The teachings of Jesus, his life story, his relationships, the things that were said of him by early Christians - all are best understood against the backdrop of Jesus' own time and place. Understanding Jewish life in the first century will help us better understand Jesus' mission and how it relates to our own religious concerns today. The Jews in the Time of Jesus is ideal for classroom use and for anyone who is interested in understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity. ...
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Overview

The teachings of Jesus, his life story, his relationships, the things that were said of him by early Christians - all are best understood against the backdrop of Jesus' own time and place. Understanding Jewish life in the first century will help us better understand Jesus' mission and how it relates to our own religious concerns today. The Jews in the Time of Jesus is ideal for classroom use and for anyone who is interested in understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809136100
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 621,534
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction 1
2 The Biblical Background of Second Temple Judaism 16
3 Hellenism 32
4 The Maccabees 49
5 From the Maccabees to the Procurators: Political History 63
6 Jewish Religion in the First Century 81
7 The Festivals 97
8 Source Texts for First Century Judaism 104
9 The Trial of Jesus 124
10 Sects 133
11 Hillel 148
12 Gospel Titles and Types in First Century Judea 162
13 The Parting of the Ways 184
Notes 198
Reader's Bibliography 200
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Jesus in Historical Context

    Rabbi Wylen does a terrific job at explaining the atmosphere and historical context of 2nd Temple Judaism/1st Century Palestine, the time in which both Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity were born. This book is for the ordinary person: readible, eloquent, and very interesting. Wylen has an unbiased voice that's sure to put the Jewish and Christian reader at ease, as he isn't trying to convert anyone, or challenge anyone's traditions--he is merely putting them into context. I checked the book out at my local library and liked it so well that I went and bought a copy for my personal library.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    A return to original perspectives

    Ideas have separated Jews and Christians from the first century forward. This is nothing new. The ability to revisit these ideas in the first century frame of reference is, however, refreshing. History - the people and events following the first century, combined to create a perspective which is astonishingly almost the opposite of its origins. The "Church", if you will, not only has forgotten its own birth, but has gone as far as to refuse its own mother. Judaism, also, has forgotten her sucking child. This is spoken in general of course, as there are many who perceive differently. Today there are "Jews for Jesus". In the first century, there were "Gentiles for Jesus". Today it is said "You can't be Jewish if you're a Christian." In the first century it was said "You can't be a Christian, you're not even Jewish!" Today Christian proselytization of the Jews is shunned. In the first century, Jews conducted the most successful proselytizing campaign ever for Christianity. The essential Jewishness of Jesus and his first century followers was forsaken and replaced by a goyish masquerade. The eternal promise to Abraham was revoked by deluded men who deemed themselves replacement inheritors of his blessing. The creation of a militarily enforced universal state religion by Rome severed the cord between mother and child. Gentiles recreated G-d in their own image, as a gentile.
    Welcome, then, this history lesson. The author holds strongly to devout Jewish beliefs as he non-confrontationally puts the Jew back into the Christian Jesus.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    separates history from allegory

    This book was well researched. It separates history from allegory. A lot of the reasons for certain customs and traditions are explained.

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