A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

by Samuel Sandmel
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KTAV Publishing House, Inc.

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A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

An in-depth look at the Christian scriptures—from a Jewish perspective.

Many Jewish people know the New Testament only through snippets of verse heard at a Christian wedding or funeral, or through a chapter read in literature class. Many are completely unfamiliar with the meaning or messages of Christian scripture and therefore hold strange or startling judgments about it.

A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament introduces the text to Jewish readers. Samuel Sandmel applies scholarly criticism and provides historical background to the writings of the New Testament, revealing how the sacred literature of other religions can provide fresh perspectives on one's own beliefs.

Without compromising his Jewish identity or encouraging any traditional Jewish stereotypes of the New Testament, Sandmel offers an enlightened view of Christian beliefs and encourages readers to acknowledge their common humanity with people of all religions. (Previously published by KTAV Publishing House, 1974, ISBN 0-870682-628.)

Rabbi Samuel Sandmel was professor of Bible and Hellenistic Literature at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and author of many highly regarded books in the fields of Jewish and Bible studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870682629
Publisher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/1974
Edition description: Augmented ed
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
New Forward

Part One: Preliminaries
I. A Description of the New Testament
II. The Historian's Approach
III. The Jewish Background
IV. From Judaism into Christianity

Part Two: Paul and the Pauline Epistles
V. The Background of Paulinism
VI. Paul
VII. Paul’s Doctrine of Christ
VIII. The Church and the Law of Moses
IX. The Epistles of Paul
X. Pauline Christianity and Greek Religion

Part Three: The Synoptic Gospels and Jesus
XI. The Gospel Process
XII. The Gospel According to Mark
XIII. Beyond the Gospel According to Mark
XIV. The Gospel According to Matthew
XV. The Gospel According to Luke
XVI. The Historical Jesus

Part Four: Other Writings
XVII. Catholic, Johannine, and Pastoral Epistles
XVIII. The Epistle of James
XIX. The First Epistle of Peter
XX. The Epistle of the Hebrews
XXI. The Johannine Epistles
XXII. Revelation
XXIII. Acts of the Apostles
XXIV. The Gospel According to John
XXV. The Pastoral Epistles
XXVI. Jude and Second Peter

Part Five: The Significance of the New Testament
XXVII. The Genius of the New Testament Faith
XXVIII. Epilogue


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