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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus is a Jew, February 13, 2002
This review is from: The Religion of Jesus the Jew (Paperback)
Vermes as always is easily understandable and enjoyably readable for anyone with an interest in the bridge between Christianity and Judaism. He is exquisitely accurate in illuminating Jesus' Hasidic, Gallilian, Jewishness. He is even-handed, respectful of Christian ideals, but opens fresh vistas on the Messiah, Prophet and first Christian. Vernes' Jesus is masterfully portrayed in the warm light of his Hebrew nationality and religion and his innovative ideas about God. Vermes lovingly reveals his evidence concerning the religio-historical niche for the man most Christians believe to be God incarnate and who unbiased others believe to be a Prophet who greatly influenced Jews, Muslims, Christians and others for nearly 2000 years. He admits, as do many others that he does not know why Jesus was crucified, but I suspect that it had more to do with Jesus being seen by the Romans as a budding revolutionary rather than a prophet. His attack on the portico, temple businessmen solidified big-business, the church and the Roman state against him. He alone of his group was sent to the cross. That in itself was unusual, a normal Roman purge would have included all of his disciples.
Vermes opens the door to Hebrew acceptance and inclusion of this inspired Jew, who was at the very least, a great prophet.
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.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2010 10:37:08 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 3:33:30 PM PST
Ahmed:
I read the Koran in college and it mentions Jesus and his Mother Mary with respectful admiration in many places and for that reason many good, Progressive Christians are kindly toward The Koran, (Quran, Kuran, Qur'ān, Coran or al-Qur'ān). However, to the grief of those who are fair-minded there is a segment of ignorant and intolerant people who falsely represent each religion, and thus we have strife. I believe most humbly, that God, in His infinite wisdom finds Himself offended that some people are bigoted, pugnacious and intolerant. I was not raised to hate people because of their skin color, their religion or ethnicity.

If more open-minded people read the New Testament and the Koran and met good people of each religion, there would be no strife.
May God always walk with men and women in who keep foremost, humility tolerance and ignore paranoia.
Peace and Good will, Ahmed.
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