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Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus Paperback – June 1, 2007

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Brad H Young is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Theology and Missions at Oral Roberts University, serving as Associate Professor of Biblical Literature, as well as the founder and President of the Gospel Research Foundation, INC.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers; First Printing edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565634055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565634053
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Early in my exploration of Christianity (at age 40) it became apparent that most clergy are clueless about the relationship Jesus had with the Pharisees. Despite what Josephus wrote, Pharisees were always portrayed as one - dimensional Neanderthals. Gamliel's thoughtful words in Acts of the Apostles were seldom even mentioned. This was true for all of the hundreds of sermons I have heard live, on the radio, and over the Internet.

Prof. Young has been one of the voices calling out in the wilderness. I discovered his books in my mid-40s and then began to read other scholarly writers that he cited. I was trying to understand why G-d chose that particular time in history to send the Messiah. To understand the era, I revisited the worship of the First Century Church and Synagogues.

I learned that the Amidah was recited during the time of Jesus in the Synagogues and Temple. These prayers are virtually unchanged from when they were written. If Jesus attended group worship once a week from age 13 to 33, He recited the Amida over 1,000 times. Obviously that is a huge underestimate. More important, he did this shoulder - to - shoulder with the Pharisees! My point is, how can people who profess faith in Christ be so ignorant of what Jesus (and Paul) prayed... and with whom?

Now you do not have to! Brad Young has encapsulated my twelve years of part-time research...and a great deal more, into this wonderful book. Being a Hebrew scholar, he translates many great Jewish writings (including the Amida) into English that is precise and very readable. He explains the difference between the Oral Torah (you have heard that...) and the Written Torah (it is written that...
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First, it is important to understand a bit of scholarship that has been published. There has been a lot of scholarship inventing Jesus as being a gentile philosopher. Notably within that movement, the Jesus that is most authentic is the Jesus of the Gnostic (so called) "gospels". However, Brady Young's scholarship has been firmly rooted in a Jewish scholarship which subverts those lies and reinforces Jesus the Jew addressing His contemporary Jewish community.

This book is meant to be an introduction to Jewish religious traditions which are Jesus settings. It is not a comprehensive approach to all the various rabbis, but brief introduction to their views and practices. The book is broken up into three main parts with a fourth that serves as an appendix:

Part I: Introduction to Rabbinic Thought
1. Introduction to Rabbinic Thought
2. Master Teachers and Their Disciples
3. Torah is More Than Law
4. The Great Sanhedrin
5. Parallel Rabbinic and New Testament Texts
Part II: Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
6. Introduction to Early Jewish Writings
7. Ethics of the Fathers
8. The Amidah Prayer
9. Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith
10. Hillel's Seven Principles of Bible Interpretation
Part III: Introduction to the Rabbis
11. Meet the Rabbis
12. Both Torah's Were Revealed on Mount Sinai
13. Utopia or Plan of Action?
Part IV: Study Helps
Of Books, Commandments, Laws, Holy Days, and Lineage
Glossary of Terms
Bibliographic Helps
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Ancient Sources

In Part I, Brad Young discusses key Hebrew ideals and Jesus within His contemporary settings.
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The truth of it is, you will never really understand Jesus or the New Testament until you at least become acquainted with Rabbinic thought. You will be amazed to find a lot of what Jesus said had already been said by one of the earlier Rabbis before him. For example the Golden Rule was first quoted by Rabbi Hillel only in the negative form "don't do to others what you would not want them to do to you". Christians have been debating over the method of Baptism and how it was to be performed for over a century. If only Christians where familiar with the Mishnah they would have known all along how it was it be performed, why it was performed and when it was to be performed. I highly recomend this book.
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We live in a time where it is okay to address certain issues about Cristianity and the Jewishness of Jesus. A couple of decades ago (the other day for that matter) It was not okay. The book that Dr. Young has written is outstanding, most all of the issues that he tackles can not be better said. I've known this for a long time and I know many people did too, but if you don't have the proper credentials (degrees) most of your claims are blown into the wind. But I knew it was just a matter of time, and that time is now. If you are a Christian, be it Catholic or Protestant or any other denomination. THIS BOOK IS A MUST.
By the way, one other very important thing I must add is that this book is NOT a religious tug of war between Judaism and Christianity. He simply and in very understandable language shows you the Jewishness of Jesus. Thank you, Dr. Young.
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