The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ

The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ

by Daniel Boyarin

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Overview

In July 2008 a front-page story in the New York Times reported on the discovery of an ancient Hebrew tablet, dating from before the birth of Jesus, which predicted a Messiah who would rise from the dead after three days. Commenting on this startling discovery at the time, noted Talmud scholar Daniel Boyarin argued that “some Christians will find it shocking—a challenge to the uniqueness of their theology.”


In this powerful, groundbreaking work, Boyarin guides us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures to make the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong. Boyarin's scrupulously illustrated account argues that the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish. What came to be known as Christianity came much later, as religious and political leaders sought to impose a new religious orthodoxy that was not present at the time of Jesus's life.


Published in hardcover to nationwide attention and now available for the first time in paperback, this brilliant work will continue to challenge some of our most cherished assumptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595588784
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 771,662
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. His books include A Radical Jew, Border Lines, and Socrates and the Fat Rabbis. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jack Miles ix

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction 1

1 From Son of God to Son of Man 25

2 The Son of Man in First Enoch and Fourth Ezra: Other Jewish Messiahs of the First Century 71

3 Jesus Kept Kosher 102

4 The Suffering Christ as a Midrash on Daniel 129

Epilogue: The Jewish Gospel 157

Notes 167

Index 191

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From the Publisher

"A brilliant and momentous book."
—Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School

"Raises profound questions . . . this provocative book will change the way we think of the Gospels in their Jewish context."
—John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School

"It’s certainly noteworthy when one of the world’s leading Jewish scholars publishes a book about Jesus . . . extremely stimulating."
—Daniel C. Peterson, The Deseret News

"[A] fascinating recasting of the story of Jesus."
—Elliot Wolfson, New York University

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