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Jesus the Jewish Theologian Paperback – November 1, 1995
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About the Author
Brad H. Young, Ph.D. Hebrew University, studied under David Flusser and is the author of Jesus and His Jewish Parables and The Jewish Background to the Lord's Prayer. He is the president and founder of the Gospel Research Foundation, which is committed to exploring the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, and is on the editorial board of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum.
Marvin R. Wilson began his teaching career more than forty years ago as a Greek teaching fellow. He is currently Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University.
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Some of what Brad shared were new insights that broadened my view and deepened my understanding of what Jesus spoke. For me, it also helped remove some of my western thoughts to put the Bible back into its historical context as well as how the listeners would have understood what Jesus said. Of course, in some ways the author includes conjecture or assumptions as to what someone thought, but those I just read and took them as his opinion not necessarily as fact.
What made the book most enjoyable was discussing it with a friend; it was fun to see what each of us thought, understood, agreed with or disagreed with, and at times what challenged our long-standing views. I love books that challenge me to think, rethink and be able to defend why I believe what I do or be willing to adopt new views based on what I am learning. One of the gifts my parents bestowed upon me was a love of learning. What Jesus bestowed on me was a love to draw nearer to Him.
I highly recommend Brad’s book for a book club, Sunday school class, small group, or just for a person to read alone. Just know that it will challenge you, excite you, ignite a fire for more understanding of the Master Jesus we follow!
Dr. Young's work provides an insurmountable wealth of wisdom as regards the original context of Jesus' words within the context of the culture of his day.
I had heard these words so many times growing up in Christian churches and had always wondered at their meaning.
Thankfully, later in life, God lead me to scholars such as Dr. Young, that helped me see things that I never thought I'd see.
Ultimately, these same scholars, instilled in me a sense of wonder that has continued until this day.
I am very grateful to Dr. Young, and to the ineffable spirit that guides him, for the information in this work.