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Country Western singer Kinky Friedman often performs a song entitled - They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore, - and New Testament professor Amy Jill Levine would agree. In fact, her career is dedicated to helping Christians and Jews understand the Jewishness of Jesus, thereby deepening the understanding of him, and facilitating greater interfaith dialogue. In this book, she shows how liberal Christians misunderstand Judaism, misunderstand the New Testament, and thus yank Jesus out of his Jewish context and wind up promoting hatred of Jews. Only with the deeper understanding this top Jewish, Southern born New Testament scholar provides can we hope to respect each other's beliefs, as well as enrich our own. Through a extremely busy teaching and speaking schedule, Levine has honed her message at synagogues, Catholic conferences, Jewish Community Centers, denominational meetings, in the classroom and in her highly successful Teaching Company audios and videos. Levine is brilliant, charming, funny and forceful, and uses these traits to give a completely fresh perspective on Jesus and the New Testament. In addition to offering new insights with great skill, she has the remarkable ability to be tough, pointing out how even liberal Christians can be unwittingly anti Semitic in their understanding of what Jesus stood for. Her truth telling here will provoke honest dialogue on how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus and our New Testament heritage.

Shows how frequently and disastrously inaccurate beliefs about Jesus and early Judaism produce distorted relationships in the present. --New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 250 pages
  • Amy-Jill Levine(Author)
  • HarperOne; First Edition First Printing edition (Dec. 2006)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Byletts on 21 August 2017

    Excellent and easy to read. Should contribute to greater understanding between Jews and Christians. Recommend.

  • By Guest on 8 December 2011

    The Misunderstood Jew"The Misunderstood Jew" by Ami-Jill Levine is a rewarding read for both Christians and Jews. "But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!" (Romans 11:12)We are privileged to live in such exciting times. Whatever the Church gained by moving from its Jewish roots, it lost much more. Today, the Lord is revealing the importance of the Jewish roots to His Church,bringing back the Hebraic context and understanding; and more and more Believers are becoming aware of this. Further, and equally exciting, The Lord is lifting the veil from Jewish eyes so that there is a greater interest, understanding and even turning to Yeshua/Jesus, their Messiah than there has been since he walked and talked in the land of Israel two thousand years ago.This book is part of the riches that we Gentiles can participate in and enjoy, while at the same time enlightening Jews, giving understanding that Jesus is the Messiah, their Messiah! We can appreciate the revelation that comes by the Holy Spirit through Jewish eyes giving greater understanding of His Word.Speaking of Jesus of Nazareth Ami-Jill says, "To see and hear him in his historical context enriches the meaning of those all too familiar images and sayings. They become striking again, not just for their spiritual potential, but also for their social engagement. The kingdom of heaven is not, for the Jewish Jesus of Nazareth, a piece of real estate for the single saved soul; it is a communal vision of what could be and what should be. It is a vision of a time when all debts are forgiven, when we stop judging others, when we not only wear our traditions on our sleeve, but also hold them in our hearts and minds and enact them with all our strength. It is the good news that the Torah can be discussed and debated, when the Sabbath is truly honoured and kept holy, when love of enemies replaces the tendency toward striking back. The vision is Jewish, and it is worth keeping as frontlets before our eyes and teaching to our children." I am glad I purchased a copy of this book, and warmly recommend it to others.

  • By John J. Moscrop on 26 July 2011

    Amy -Jill Levine is a brilliant scholar. She has tackled many of the misunderstandings relating to Jesus that have come about because of the failure of Christianity to understand the nature of the times in which he lived and the world in which he carried out his rabbinic teaching. She has set the teachings of Jesus the Jew in the Jewish context of the first century CE. She has stripped away the myths and later interpretations of his work that were imposed by Paul and his later Gentile followers. In her book we see Jesus the Rabbi teaching in Judea. and taking part in contemporary Jewish scholarship of the time. It is Jesus the Rabbi, the Rabbinic Scholar, the mortal man and the Pharisee, that we see in the book. It is not the later Christian interpretation of the work of the man Jesus . Better still she backs up her argument with reference to Midrash , Mishnah and first century CE history. She has written an excellent work that should be read by all interested in this field of study

  • By Fr.Thomas Regan on 18 April 2014

    At last: a well written, balanced, fair & sensible assessment.Every priest, pastor, rabbi & seminarian should be given a copy.

  • By Frank Fennelly on 16 January 2010

    This was a Christmas gift [to me] and very appropriate indeed! Modern biblical research by Christian scholars rightly acknowledges the importance of Jewish input into their understanding of Jesus. Moreover, as Christians work to build better relations with Jews, books such as this one can help our sharing of ideas. I read that this was a significant contribution and must agree. It's personal and family insights are as valuable as the scholarship. The range of topics covered is spot on. She is constantly challenging us (Christians) to think about Jesus from another perspective and to re-think somewhat prejudiced ideas - what else would you expect from a scholar in this area? I see no reason to react against that.It is not always easy going, partly because of the content but also a matter of style, but it is well worth the effort. The more we can openly share ideas the better. Contrary to the response of an earlier reviewer I hope this will be widely read by Christians.

  • By Peter Lavin on 13 April 2016

    interesting but poorly writen

  • By Fred on 27 December 2014

    Fascinating viewpoint and study by a Jew, with a depth of New Testament knowledge. Had not realised how hurtful the language of the Gospels and Pauline Letters could be; or what seeds they may have sown!

  • By Zeddy12 on 8 January 2010

    This book is written by a Jew who seeks to highlight the Jewish aspect of Jesus Christ. It is of little value to a christian. In fact it slyly picks apart the heart of the gospel in veiled criticisms and, what seem to me, distortions.The writer is the misunderstanding jew when central doctrines and key scriptures are misinterpreted.Essentially the book is saying Christians have got it wrong, that Jesus was a mere Rabbi of his day. Then it claims to want to bridge people of the two faiths together; hardly.I cannot recommend this book. Perhaps jewish readers will enjoy it more.


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