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The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction

The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction

by Stephen M. Wylen
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ISBN-13: 9780809136100
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 816,475
Product dimensions: 8.78(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Shadowflyt More than 1 year ago
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 The eternal promise to Abraham was revoked by deluded men who deemed themselves replacement inheritors of his blessing.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.
moses917 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Jews in the Time of Jesus: An Introduction is a great book that reads as a survey of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism written by Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen. 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 1st century will help us better understand Jesus¿ mission and how it relates to our own religious concerns today. The book is a good starter for anyone interested in understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity.It covers a timeline of Jewish history roughly from the successful revolt of the Maccabees against the Selucid (Persian) empire in around 168 BC and the beginnings of the Second Temple era to the failed revolt against the Romans around 70 AD and the Romans¿ total destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. It generally covers Jews and Judaism throughout the era of the Second Temple. This time period of Judaism was strongly oriented towards `the Law¿ of the Torah.I enjoyed the section that discussed the splintering groups of Judaism under Roman rule and its monarchs such as the lineage of Herod the Great. Judaism fractured into different sects the most prominent were the Sadducees, the Essenes, the Pharisees (who are split between the camp founded by Hillel the more liberal and tolerant, and the camp founded by Shammai the more strict on the points of the law) and then the followers of Jesus. Paul of Tarsus is believed to be a follower of Shammai before his conversion. All the topics in the book help put Jesus in the context of a diversity of Jewish practices and beliefs and gives a good understanding of the religious, cultural and political scenes during the time of Christ. Wylen covers a variety of sources of the time like the apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Philo, Josephus, the Mishna, and the Talmud. This book gains value by being a popular survey rather than a scholarly treatment of Ancient Judaism. This book I would greatly recommend to any student desiring an introduction to Second Temple Judaism in ancient Palestine during the time of Jesus.
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CHAR51 More than 1 year ago
This book was well researched. It separates history from allegory. A lot of the reasons for certain customs and traditions are explained.