The Misunderstood Jew

The Misunderstood Jew
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 0061748110
ISBN 13: 9780061748110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Misunderstood Jew Book Review:

In the The Misunderstood Jew, scholar Amy-Jill Levine helps Christians and Jews understand the "Jewishness" of Jesus so that their appreciation of him deepens and a greater interfaith dialogue can take place. Levine's humor and informed truth-telling provokes honest conversation and debate about how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus, the New Testament, and each other.

The Misunderstood Jew

The Misunderstood Jew
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2006-11-28
ISBN 10: 0060789662
ISBN 13: 9780060789664
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Misunderstood Jew Book Review:

A leading biblical scholar demonstrates how both liberal and conservative Christians share a fundamental misunderstanding of Judaism and the New Testament that directly contributes to intolerance and anti-Semitism, in a guide that invites Christian and Jewish readers to develop fuller understandings of Jesus and the gospels.

Short Stories by Jesus

Short Stories by Jesus
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-09-09
ISBN 10: 006219819X
ISBN 13: 9780062198198
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Short Stories by Jesus Book Review:

The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

The Bible With and Without Jesus

The Bible With and Without Jesus
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Marc Zvi Brettler
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2020-10-27
ISBN 10: 0062560174
ISBN 13: 9780062560179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bible With and Without Jesus Book Review:

The editors of The Jewish Annotated New Testament show how and why Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently. Exploring and explaining these diverse perspectives, they reveal more clearly Scripture’s beauty and power. Esteemed Bible scholars and teachers Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler take readers on a guided tour of the most popular Hebrew Bible passages quoted in the New Testament to show what the texts meant in their original contexts and then how Jews and Christians, over time, understood those same texts. Passages include the creation of the world, the role of Adam and Eve, the Suffering Servant of Isiah, the book of Jonah, and Psalm 22, whose words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” Jesus quotes as he dies on the cross. Comparing various interpretations – historical, literary, and theological - of each ancient text, Levine and Brettler offer deeper understandings of the original narratives and their many afterlives. They show how the text speaks to different generations under changed circumstances, and so illuminate the Bible’s ongoing significance. By understanding the depth and variety by which these passages have been, and can be, understood, The Bible With and Without Jesus does more than enhance our religious understandings, it helps us to see the Bible as a source of inspiration for any and all readers.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

The Jewish Annotated New Testament
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Marc Z. Brettler
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 700
Release: 2011-11-15
ISBN 10: 0199927065
ISBN 13: 9780199927067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Jewish Annotated New Testament Book Review:

Although major New Testament figures--Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene--were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew--until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences. And they explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years. An international team of scholars introduces and annotates the Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation from Jewish perspectives, in the New Revised Standard Version translation. They show how Jewish practices and writings, particularly the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, influenced the New Testament writers. From this perspective, readers gain new insight into the New Testament's meaning and significance. In addition, thirty essays on historical and religious topics--Divine Beings, Jesus in Jewish thought, Parables and Midrash, Mysticism, Jewish Family Life, Messianic Movements, Dead Sea Scrolls, questions of the New Testament and anti-Judaism, and others--bring the Jewish context of the New Testament to the fore, enabling all readers to see these writings both in their original contexts and in the history of interpretation. For readers unfamiliar with Christian language and customs, there are explanations of such matters as the Eucharist, the significance of baptism, and "original sin." For non-Jewish readers interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity and for Jewish readers who want a New Testament that neither proselytizes for Christianity nor denigrates Judaism, The Jewish Annotated New Testament is an essential volume that places these writings in a context that will enlighten students, professionals, and general readers.

Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Abingdon Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 1501899902
ISBN 13: 9781501899904
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sermon on the Mount Book Review:

How is the follower of Jesus to understand the words of the Old Testament? How are those words relevant to the New Covenant he is establishing? What might the words of the Lord’s Prayer have conveyed to his initial followers, and why is that historical information essential to the prayer two millennia later? In Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Through Dr. Levine’s engaging method of biblical interpretation, readers will come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its historical and theological context. Chapters include: The Beatitudes The Extensions Practicing Piety Our Father Finding Your Treasure Living into the Kingdom Explore the major topics in the most popular sermon ever delivered and unpack how Jesus makes his points using a solid knowledge of Hebrew Scriptures and moral teachings. Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Dr. Levine and a comprehensive Leader Guide and a 40-day book of reflections.

Light of the World

Light of the World
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Abingdon Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 1501884360
ISBN 13: 9781501884368
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Light of the World Book Review:

In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. As part of a larger four-week study that is perfect for Advent, it includes a DVD and a comprehensive leader guide.

The Meaning of the Bible

The Meaning of the Bible
Author: Douglas A. Knight,Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2011-11-08
ISBN 10: 0062098594
ISBN 13: 9780062098597
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Meaning of the Bible Book Review:

In The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, preeminent biblical scholars Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver a broad and engaging introduction to the Old Testament—also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible—offering a wealth of compelling historical background and context for the sacred literature that is at the heart of Judaism and Christianity. John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World writes, "Levine and Knight have combined to write a book on the Bible that is as academically brilliant as it is marvelously entertaining. By placing our scriptures into their original Jewish context they have opened up startling and profound new insights. This is a terrific book."

Jesus for Everyone

Jesus for Everyone
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2022-07-15
ISBN 10: 0062216740
ISBN 13: 9780062216748
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus for Everyone Book Review:

The renowned biblical scholar, Vanderbilt University Divinity School Professor, and author of Short Stories by Jesus and The Misunderstood Jew argues that Jesus’s historic and cultural influence make him fascinating, provocative, and relevant for everyone, not only faithful Christians but nonbelievers as well. Two thousand years after his birth and death, Jesus of Nazareth continues to be of vital interest. Yet much of the scholarship around Jesus focuses on his religious significance. Jesus for Atheists examines his most famous teachings from a fresh perspective, exploring how they have continued to shape ethics and civilization in the West for two millennia. Even for those who reject faith, Jesus’s life and his philosophy are important to study Amy-Jill Levine contends, because of the insights they hold for us today. Poring through scripture, analyzing what historical scholarship has revealed about Jesus’s views on a number of subjects—including women—reveals surprising messages sure to be fascinating to all readers. Placing Jesus of Nazareth within his historical context, Levine brings him vividly into focus and invites agnostics and the most committed nonbelievers to appreciate his lasting impact on the modern world.

The Historical Jesus in Context

The Historical Jesus in Context
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Dale C. Allison Jr.,John Dominic Crossan
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2009-01-10
ISBN 10: 140082737X
ISBN 13: 9781400827374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historical Jesus in Context Book Review:

The Historical Jesus in Context is a landmark collection that places the gospel narratives in their full literary, social, and archaeological context. More than twenty-five internationally recognized experts offer new translations and descriptions of a broad range of texts that shed new light on the Jesus of history, including pagan prayers and private inscriptions, miracle tales and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda. The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel. Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.

Who Counts

Who Counts
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2017-05-05
ISBN 10: 1611647983
ISBN 13: 9781611647983
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Counts Book Review:

One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete. Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for? Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what's missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God's eyes and that everyone should feel counted. The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories.

Jesus the Misunderstood Jew

Jesus the Misunderstood Jew
Author: Robert Kupor
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2007-06
ISBN 10: 9780595424047
ISBN 13: 059542404X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus the Misunderstood Jew Book Review:

"We must understand that some of the early Christians [in the decades after Jesus' death] saw the message of Jesus largely within the context of Judaism. Indeed, Christianity might have remained as a sect within Judaism In this initial stage there was little or no thought of any dividing line between Christianity and Judaism."-The Catholic Study Bible (written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, ruling body of the American Roman Catholic Church) ***** When the world's largest Christian denomination acknowledges that early "Christianity" was merely a sect of the Jewish religion-both during Jesus' life and for years thereafter-isn't it time to reexamine what the New Testament really says about the Man from Nazareth? The Roman Catholic Church monopolized the New Testament for over fourteen hundred years, forbidding laypeople from reading or interpreting it. Although this monopoly was shattered by the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation, knowledge about Jesus' first-century world was too sparse for anyone to understand the New Testament in its proper context. Today, we know more about Jesus' times than ever before. Yet Christian religious leaders have been reluctant to disseminate these new insights-largely because they reveal that Jesus was a Jewish prophet who insisted on adherence to traditional Judaism. In Jesus the Misunderstood Jew: What the New Testament Really Says About the Man from Nazareth, Dr. Robert Kupor illuminates the New Testament in a way that allows both Christians and Jews to understand this seminal document in a startling new light. Jesus the Misunderstood Jew will surprise and enlighten you.

Short Stories by Jesus Leader Guide

Short Stories by Jesus Leader Guide
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Abingdon Press
Total Pages: 50
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 150185819X
ISBN 13: 9781501858192
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Short Stories by Jesus Leader Guide Book Review:

Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these "problems with parables" taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

When Christians Were Jews

When Christians Were Jews
Author: Paula Fredriksen
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN 10: 0300240740
ISBN 13: 9780300240740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Christians Were Jews Book Review:

A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God's promises to Israel, end up inaugurating a movement that would grow into the gentile church? Committed to Jesus’s prophecy—“The Kingdom of God is at hand!”—they were, in their own eyes, history's last generation. But in history's eyes, they became the first Christians. In this electrifying social and intellectual history, Paula Fredriksen answers this question by reconstructing the life of the earliest Jerusalem community. As her account arcs from this group’s hopeful celebration of Passover with Jesus, through their bitter controversies that fragmented the movement’s midcentury missions, to the city’s fiery end in the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, she brings this vibrant apostolic community to life. Fredriksen offers a vivid portrait both of this temple-centered messianic movement and of the bedrock convictions that animated and sustained it.

Women Like This

 Women Like This
Author: Amy-Jill Levine
Publsiher: Society of Biblical Literature
Total Pages: 260
Release: 1991-01-01
ISBN 10: 9781555404635
ISBN 13: 1555404634
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women Like This Book Review:

Paul Was Not a Christian

Paul Was Not a Christian
Author: Pamela Eisenbaum
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-12-08
ISBN 10: 9780061990205
ISBN 13: 0061990205
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paul Was Not a Christian Book Review:

Pamela Eisenbaum, an expert on early Christianity, reveals the true nature of the historical Paul in Paul Was Not a Christian. She explores the idea of Paul not as the founder of a new Christian religion, but as a devout Jew who believed Jesus was the Christ who would unite Jews and Gentiles and fulfill God’s universal plan for humanity. Eisenbaum’s work in Paul Was Not a Christian will have a profound impact on the way many Christians approach evangelism and how to better follow Jesus’s—and Paul’s—teachings on how to live faithfully today.

Feminist Companion to Paul

Feminist Companion to Paul
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Marianne Blickenstaff
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 0826463363
ISBN 13: 9780826463364
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Feminist Companion to Paul Book Review:

The seventh volume of this Companion series is devoted to the writings ascribed to Paul but widely thought not to be genuiinely from the Apostle. These are of particular importance in showing how Paul's authority was exploited in the Early Church, and the topics addressed often deal with Christian discipline and hierarchy. Hence there is a particularly strong feminist agenda to be explored here.The Pastoral Epistles, Ephesians and Colossians are prominent among the writings addressed in this sparkling collection, and the authors include David Scholer, Luise Schottroff, Bonnie Thurston, Lilian Portefaix, Sara Winter and Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger.

Capitalism and the Jews

Capitalism and the Jews
Author: Jerry Z. Muller
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2010-01-04
ISBN 10: 1400834368
ISBN 13: 9781400834365
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Capitalism and the Jews Book Review:

The unique historical relationship between capitalism and the Jews is crucial to understanding modern European and Jewish history. But the subject has been addressed less often by mainstream historians than by anti-Semites or apologists. In this book Jerry Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, separates myth from reality to explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex--and so ambivalent. Drawing on economic, social, political, and intellectual history from medieval Europe through contemporary America and Israel, Capitalism and the Jews examines the ways in which thinking about capitalism and thinking about the Jews have gone hand in hand in European thought, and why anticapitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked. The book explains why Jews have tended to be disproportionately successful in capitalist societies, but also why Jews have numbered among the fiercest anticapitalists and Communists. The book shows how the ancient idea that money was unproductive led from the stigmatization of usury and the Jews to the stigmatization of finance and, ultimately, in Marxism, the stigmatization of capitalism itself. Finally, the book traces how the traditional status of the Jews as a diasporic merchant minority both encouraged their economic success and made them particularly vulnerable to the ethnic nationalism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Providing a fresh look at an important but frequently misunderstood subject, Capitalism and the Jews will interest anyone who wants to understand the Jewish role in the development of capitalism, the role of capitalism in the modern fate of the Jews, or the ways in which the story of capitalism and the Jews has affected the history of Europe and beyond, from the medieval period to our own.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

The Jewish Annotated New Testament
Author: Amy-Jill Levine,Marc Zvi Brettler
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2017-08-04
ISBN 10: 0190461861
ISBN 13: 9780190461867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Jewish Annotated New Testament Book Review:

First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringing the New Testament's Jewish background to the attention of students, clergy, and general readers. In this new edition, eighty Jewish scholars bring together unparalleled scholarship to shed new light on the text. This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded second edition brings even more helpful information and new insights to the study of the New Testament. · Introductions to each New Testament book, containing guidance for reading and specific information about how the book relates to the Judaism of the period, have been revised and augmented, and in some cases newly written. · Annotations on the text--some revised, some new to this edition--provide verse-by-verse commentary. · The thirty essays from the first edition are thoroughly updated, and there are twenty-four new essays, on topics such as "Mary in Jewish Tradition," "Christology," and "Messianic Judaism." · For Christian readers The Jewish Annotated New Testament offers a window into the first-century world of Judaism from which the New Testament springs. There are explanations of Jewish concepts such as food laws and rabbinic argumentation. It also provides a much-needed corrective to many centuries of Christian misunderstandings of the Jewish religion. · For Jewish readers, this volume provides the chance to encounter the New Testament--a text of vast importance in Western European and American culture--with no religious agenda and with guidance from Jewish experts in theology, history, and Jewish and Christian thought. It also explains Christian practices, such as the Eucharist. The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition is an essential volume that places the New Testament writings in a context that will enlighten readers of any faith or none.

Revelation

Revelation
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Canongate Books
Total Pages: 64
Release: 1999-01-01
ISBN 10: 0857861018
ISBN 13: 9780857861016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revelation Book Review:

The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.