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The Jewish Annotated New Testament

May 19, 2012 reviews The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

This excellent volume consists of introductions and notes on the New Revised Standard Version text of the New Testament, together with 30 brief essays by some 50 Jewish scholars

How Jewish Is the New Testament? – Bible History Daily “The essays cover a wide range of topics, for example, “Food and Table Fellowship” (David Freidenreich#, “Jewish Family Life in the First Century C.E.” #Ross Kraemer#, “Divine Beings” #Rebecca Lesses#, “Afterlife and Resurrection” #Martha Himmelfarb#, “Midrash and Parables in the New Testament” #David Stern) and “Jewish Responses to Believers in Jesus” (Claudia Setzer). Specially to be recommended is Amy-Jill Levine’s “Bearing False Witness: Common Errors Made About Early Judaism.” It starts from the observation that “many pastors and religious leaders strip Jesus from his Jewish context and depict that context in false and noxious stereotypes.” She goes on to give five reasons and ten illustrations of the anti-Jewish stereotypes that are still found in some Christian preaching and teaching, including the antithesis between law and grace, the misconception that purity laws were burdensome, that Judaism was misogynistic and that Judaism regarded God as distant. The essay in itself makes the volume worthwhile.”

Full disclosure: Henry Cadbury, contributor to the RSV, in a private communication to my father, attested to the competence of the very prominent Jewish New Testament scholar. Hugh Schonfield. Schonfield’s book on James, the brother of Jesus, was particularly enlightening to me. His description of Jerusalem at the time of the apostles presented a picture I have not found elsewhere.

The Passover Plot is the name of a controversial, best-selling 1965 book, by British Biblical scholar Hugh J. Schonfield The Passover Plot: Special 40th Anniversary Edition (9781932857092): Hugh J. Schonfield: Books “There is probably no other figure in modern Jewish historical research who is more controversial or famous than Hugh J. Schonfield, who once said: “The scholars deplore that I have spilled the beans to the public. Several of them have said to me, ‘You ought to have kept this just among ourselves, you know.’””

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