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What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus: A New Way of Seeing the Most Influential Rabbi in History Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Evan Moffic has stepped up the listening skills needed by the Jewish community to the voice of the Christian community. How has he done this? By going to the very source of the Christian faith -- to Jesus himself, the Jewish teacher of Galilee in the 1st Century. Moffic has accepted the challenge of seeking to explain Jesus as one who is best understood by understanding him as a Jewish teacher rooted in the Tanakh and the Jewish traditions. Christians will not all agree with everything Moffic says, but they will say he has listened well. For that alone I am immensely grateful for this book.
Rabbi Moffic is something of a prophet. At every turn-be in an examination of Our Father, the foundational Christian prayer, or a probing of the Shema, the foundational Jewish prayer-Moffic peels back layers of insight. He connects dots not before seen."
The Jesus I grew up with was intelligent and wise, compassionate and kind. But it took adulthood for me to understand he was also Jewish. That revelation opened a world of insight I'd before missed. As I grew to know the real Jesus--a Jewish Jesus--my faith developed fresh depth and life. If you have a passion for learning, if you enjoy the stretch of good dialogue and aren't afraid of venturing into new territory, pull up a chair. I have two rabbis I want you to meet.
"You have made a most cogent case for the Jewishness of Jesus and made him even more accessible for both Christians and Jews."
Thank you, Rabbi Moffic! As a Christian and a Catholic priest, I am grateful for the intriguing look into the Jewish life of Jesus. As such, this book is a wonderful gift to Christians who seek to further the rich faith and culture out of which Jesus emerged.
Rabbi Moffic draws from Jewish wisdom in a way accessible to all of us. His insights as a rabbi speak generously to a multi-faith world."
More people need to understand the power of prayer. Rabbi Moffic has given us a generous guide to unlocking the power of our words -- to God, ourselves, and each other."
As the book makes clear, much of what Jesus taught is already part of an authentically Jewish conversation. Accessible and powerful, this book is a valuable contribution to inter-religious understanding.
From the Author
This book is the result of that conversation. It is a result of thousands of hours spent in learning and conversations with devoted Jews and Christians who care about growing in faith and knowledge.
For followers of Jesus, I hope seeing Jesus's life as a Jew opens up new ways of appreciating and growing closer to him. I hope it helps Christians move beyond the simple understanding of Jesus as a ticket to heaven to Jesus as a way of living within a tradition and relating to others. I hope it helps Jews move beyond a simple association of Jesus with anti-Semitism to Jesus as a teacher of Judaism. I also hope it creates new encounters with God and with one another.
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With Rabbi Evan Moffic as a goodwill emissary to not only the Christian communities, but back from the Christian communities to the Jewish communities, we come to know Jesus in a way that was never so apparent before, the Jewish Jesus. To find the numerous nuggets of wisdom, it may be best to approach reading this well-written book as if you are going on a treasure hunt. Rabbi Moffic makes it easy to find these treasures. On almost every page, you may find new ways of understanding that will enrich your mind, soul, and spirit.That can provide a sturdy bridge in particular for those embarking on Interfaith relationships of any kind. In fact, anybody interested in Jesus, whether of any religion or not, will find something of value. But I won't spoil your surprises by telling you what some of these discoveries may be.
Rabbi Moffic is uniquely qualified to take on this challenge, which some will think controversial. He has already written the well-regarded book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover: What It Means and Why It Matters". One hopes that this is just the second book of at least a trilogy. In learning about this subject matter, Rabbi Moffic has spoken at many Churches and learned much from their Christian leaders.
One of the greatest commandments of Jesus that is reflected in both the Old and New Testament is "love thy neighbor as thyself" (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-28; Leviticus 19:18). Now, following what you will learn about the Jewish Jesus, be inspired to go out and do so.