- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Lederer Messianic Publications; Reprint edition (October 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9653590111
- ISBN-13: 978-9653590113
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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Jewish New Testament Commentary: A Companion Volume to the Jewish New Testament Reprint Edition
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Drawing on years of research, Dr. Stern relates the New Testament text to the "Tanakh" ("Old Testament"), to the historical setting, to rabbinic materials and to Christian theology. He answers questions Jewish people have about Yeshua, the New Testament and Christianity; questions Christians have about Judaism and the Jewish roots of their faith; and questions Messianic Jews have about being both Jewish and Messianic.
He demonstrates that the New Testament upholds Jewish values and verities, such as the oneness of God, the chosennesss of Israel, the sanctity of the Torah, and the importance of works along with faith. He also shows how the New Testament speaks to modern issues like assimilation, intermarriage, missionizing and antisemitism. Fiunally, int terms of the Greek and Hebrew languages, Judaism and fir-century culture, he explains controversial "Jewish New Testament" renderings.
The "Jewish New Testament" and "Jewish New Testament Commentary" challenge Christians to rediscover their Jewish connection, and Jews to discover their Jewish Messiah. These two books belong on the shelf of everyone who wants to understand the Bible better. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
David H. Stern, born in Los Angeles in 1935, is the great-grandson of two of the city's first twenty Jews. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University and was a professor at UCLA. In 1972 he came to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. He then received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, did graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979 the Stern family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel); they now live in Jerusalem, and are active in Israel's Messianic Jewish community
This commentary is a companion to Dr. Stern's "Jewish New Testament," which is his translation of the New Testament from the original first-century Greek into enjoyable modern English. This translation brings out the essential Jewishness of the New Tesament by its use of Hebrew names and Jewish termonology and by its correction of antisemitic renderings found in other translations.
The "Jewish New Testament Commentary" discusses, verse by verse, Jewish issues raised in the New Testament--questions Jews have about Yeshua, the New Testament, and Christianity; questions Christians have about Judaism and the Jewish roots of their faith; and questions Messianic Jews have about their own identity and role.
Dr. Stern is also the author of "Messianic Jewish Manifesto," which outlines the destiny, identity, history, theology, and program of today's Messianic Jewish movement, and of "Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel," an abridgement of the "Manifesto" meant for those unaccustomed to thinking about the Gospel as Jewish.
In 1998, Dr. Stern published the "Complete Jewish Bible," his stylistically modified adaptation of an existing Jewish translation of the "Tanakh" ("Old Testament") bound together with the "Jewish New Testament."
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not competent to address the subtleties of the various meanings associated with words used in English translations of the Bible. However, I can appreciate when someone comes along and can, with authority, put the English words into perspective. Dr. David Stern, the author of both an English New Testament, and of an entire English version of both the Old and the New Testament, seems to be able to take these perspectives. Apparently Dr. Stern is fluent in old Greek, old Latin, and Aramaic. Here is a quote from the first page of the Introduction:
"... my original idea, in 1977, was to rite a commentary on the New Testament dealing with Jewish issues. But after drafting notes to a few chapters of the book of Acts I realized that much of what I as writing consisted to objections to the English version I was using: 'The (English translation) says X, but the original Greek really means Y.' Rather than waste the reader's time castigating third parties(translators), I decided to try translating the Greek text myself and discovered I liked the result."
Now, when I prepare for weekly Sunday service, I read the text for the week, and then check out Dr.Stern's Commentary to see if there may be an alternative meaning to the lessons. So far, I've found insights for every weekly gospel reading. I look forward to deeper understanding for all four gospels, and the Epistles.
I'm in "heaven".
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as a companion to his CJB Bible.