To me, Vermes is a great thinker and a great scholar, a modern Galileo.
If you want to know more about Jesus the Jew, his time and place in history as observed by one of his own people, read this thoroughly enjoyable book.
Vermes describes Jesus as an observant, first century Jew, whose behavior was very much like that of other observant, first century Jews.
Even though this is not a book about Church History as such, still, it makes one wonder about the instigation of Christianity: how did it grow away from Judaism; is it related to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Herbert J. Newhall
Geza Vermes homes in on the question of what Jesus actually thought and taught about God's Kingdom, and he illuminates the transformation that Jesus tried to make in this idea,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Willard D. Larkin
It is fascinating to see a book of scholarship by a Jewish scholar that puts Jesus in the context of his timePublished 20 months ago by Albert Potash
The importance of this book, and others like it, is to make the case that Jesus (like his disciples) was a practicing Jew -- one who may have had his own unique take on the Law,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Michael_in_SC
This is slow going, but if you want to know what Jesus Himself actually said, as opposed to what the Gospel writers said, this is well worth the time. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by Dr. Elaine O. Chaika
Vermes' "The Religion of Jesus the Jew" reminds us that Jesus was not a Christian but a perfectly good Jew. This from a Rabbinic scholar. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Richard C. Williams