Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation

Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation

by Zev Garber
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Purdue University Press
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Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation

There is a general understanding within religious and academic circles that the incarnate Christ of Christian belief lived and died a faithful Jew. This volume addresses Jesus in the context of Judaism. By emphasizing his Jewishness, the authors challenge today's Jews to reclaim the Nazarene as a proto-rebel rabbi and invite Christians to discover or rediscover the church's Jewish heritage. The essays in this volume cover historical, literary, liturgical, philosophical, religious, theological, and contemporary issues related to the Jewish Jesus. Several of them were originally presented at a three-day symposium on Jesus in the Context of Judaism and the Challenge to the Church, hosted by the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. In the context of pluralism, in the temper of growing interreligious dialogue, and in the spirit of reconciliation, encountering Jesus as living history for Christians and Jews is both necessary and proper. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of the New Testament and early church who are seeking new ways of understanding Jesus in his religious and cultural milieu, as well Jewish and Christian theologians and thinkers who are concerned with contemporary Jewish and Christian relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557535795
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Series: Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies Series
Pages: 405
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section 1 Reflections on the Jewish Jesus

1 The Jewish Jesus: A Partisans Imagination Zev Garber 13

2 The Kabbalah of Rabbi Jesus Bruce Chilton 20

3 The Amazing Mr. Jesus James F. Moore 36

4 Jesus the "Material Jew" Joshua Schwartz 47

5 Jesus Stories, Jewish Liturgy, and Some Evolving Theologies until circa 200 CE: Stimuli and Reactions Ziony Zevit 65

6 Avon Gilyon (Document of Sin, b. Shabb.116a) or Euvanggeleon (Good News) Herbert W. Basser 93

7 Psalm 22 in Pesiqta Rabbati: The Suffering of the Jewish Messiah and Jesus Rivka Ulmer 106

Section 2 Responding to the Jewish Jesus

8 What Was at Stake in the Parting of the Ways between Judaism and Christianity? Richard L. Rubenstein 131

9 The Jewish and Greek Jesus Yitzchak Kerem 159

10 Jewish Responses to Byzantine Polemics from the Ninth through the Eleventh Centuries Steven Bowman 181

11 A Meditation on Possible Images of Jewish Jesus in the Pre-Modern Period Norman Simms 204

12 Typical Jewish Misunderstandings of Christ, Christianity, and Jewish-Christian Relations over the Centuries Eugene J. Fisher 228

Section 3 Teaching, Dialogue, Reclamation: Contemporary Views on the Jewish Jesus

13 How Credible is Jewish Scholarship on Jesus? Michael J. Cook 251

14 Taking Thomas to Temple: Introducing Evangelicals to the Jewish Jesus Christina M. Smerick 271

15 The Historical Jesus as Jewish Prophet: Its Meaning for the Modern Jewish-Christian Dialogue Sara Mandell 293

16 Before Whom Do We Stand? Henry F. Knight 315

17 Edith Steins Jewish Husband Jesus Emily Leah Silverman 333

18 Can We Talk? The Jewish Jesus in a Dialogue Between Jews and Christians Steven Leonard Jacobs 345

19 The New Jewish Reclamation of Jesus in Late Twentieth-Century America: Realigning and Rethinking Jesus the Jew Shaul Magid 358

Annotated Bibliography 383

Contributors 394

Index 401

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