[[ Audible ]] Jesus the Jewish TheologianAuthor Brad H. Young – Albawater.co

I came into this book with the expectation of contrasting the Gospels to 2TJ but ended up contrastingwith rabbinic literature An alright survey overall. The author of this book is using the Jewish teachings of the first century around the time of Jesus ministry to shed new light on what Jesus likely meant by his teachings in Scripture I think this is a valuable perspective as modern, Western Christians are so far removed from the Jewish context especially an ancient Jewish context that we often risk misunderstanding or misinterpreting some of Jesus teachings On that note, virtually everything in this book was entirely new information t The author of this book is using the Jewish teachings of the first century around the time of Jesus ministry to shed new light on what Jesus likely meant by his teachings in Scripture I think this is a valuable perspective as modern, Western Christians are so far removed from the Jewish context especially an ancient Jewish context that we often risk misunderstanding or misinterpreting some of Jesus teachings On that note, virtually everything in this book was entirely new information to me as the focus is on other Jewish teachings of the day and not strictly on the Old Testament Biblical text However, I do have one cautionary note for the reader There were a couple of points two out of 23 chapters in the book in which, despite the evidence, I was not convinced of the author s conclusions Namely, because in each of these two points which I will not delineate here , Jesus seemed to be explicitly correcting the inaccurate interpretations and teachings of the day on that particular point In both these cases the author presented a case for an interpretation based on these inaccurate understandings I might have found his conclusionscompelling had he addressed all of the instances of Jesus teachings on the matter, but he notably exempted those verses texts that seemed most directly contradictory to the first century Jewish teaching he was relying on All that to say, my recommendation is to read the book but to do so with a healthy meaning small dose of skepticism and be willing to weigh the conclusions carefully against Scripture and or other Jewish Christian sources before adopting them completely Really, this is just good advice when reading any spiritual text Writing style is a bit dull and choppy, and the author is unnecessarily repetitive in some parts However, much of the extrabiblical parallels to Jesus teaching in Jewish literature is fascinating and casts new light upon the teachings and life setting of Jesus and his contemporaries In fact, several of these parallels seemingly clarify some oft debated teachings of Jesus, especially his instruction on divorce and remarriage I found the chapters on Controversy and Children, Divorce and Adu Writing style is a bit dull and choppy, and the author is unnecessarily repetitive in some parts However, much of the extrabiblical parallels to Jesus teaching in Jewish literature is fascinating and casts new light upon the teachings and life setting of Jesus and his contemporaries In fact, several of these parallels seemingly clarify some oft debated teachings of Jesus, especially his instruction on divorce and remarriage I found the chapters on Controversy and Children, Divorce and Adultery in Light of the Words of Jesus, Giving Thanks a Way of Life, Faith as Chutzpah, and The Pharisee and the Tax Collector to be the richest and most value laden for my personal studies Those who wish to keep their culturally independent idea of Jesus in tact should steer clear of this book But, those who are adventurous enough to accept the real Jesus should read this book twice Update I have just finished reading this excellent and challenging work for the second time likely not the last It is a difficult read not because of its opacity but its clarity Having heard, I must respond having learned, I must practice. This book looks at Jesus teachings and actions within the context of 1st century Judaism The author talked about what Jewish teachers around this time period were saying and doing that was similar to and provides insight into Jesus words and actions I found the information about inheritance as applied to the Prodigal Son parable to be very interesting Much of the book focused on insights into Jesus parables.I have read other books that show how Jesus teachings aresimilar to the be This book looks at Jesus teachings and actions within the context of 1st century Judaism The author talked about what Jewish teachers around this time period were saying and doing that was similar to and provides insight into Jesus words and actions I found the information about inheritance as applied to the Prodigal Son parable to be very interesting Much of the book focused on insights into Jesus parables.I have read other books that show how Jesus teachings aresimilar to the beliefs of Pharisees than the Sadducees and that he was joining in the debate going on within the Pharisees However, this author stated that Jesus supported all of the Pharisees teachings and implied that he was not in any conflict with them He also explained how Pilate was a cruel man and he was who rightly bears the full blame for Jesus crucifixion I think the author went too far in reinterpreting what happened in an effort to fight anti Semitism Overall, though, I felt like this book was well worth reading for the insights gained into the meaning of Jesus parables This is my first Brad Young book and I have to say WOWthe man clearly did his homework and research for this book If you re trying to understand the Jewish roots of Jesus, what better way to learn than consulting with some great Jewish minds like David Wolpe, David Flusser, and Abraham Joshua Heschel Whether it s the historical background or some of Jesus parables, Young does a great job finding the deeper meaning that gets lost when Jesus gets examined through Western civilization eyes af This is my first Brad Young book and I have to say WOWthe man clearly did his homework and research for this book If you re trying to understand the Jewish roots of Jesus, what better way to learn than consulting with some great Jewish minds like David Wolpe, David Flusser, and Abraham Joshua Heschel Whether it s the historical background or some of Jesus parables, Young does a great job finding the deeper meaning that gets lost when Jesus gets examined through Western civilization eyes after a two millennia gap A couple of my favorite quotes towards the end The tragedy of church history, in my opinion, is the lack of interest in Jesus Simply having faith in Jesus has replaced responding to his urgent call to active discipleship, which includes serious study of his teachings and intense involvement with the Hebrew Bible The Torah is the most neglected volume among people of the church That Jesus fulfilled the Torah certainly does not mean that the prohibitions against adultery and murder have now been liftedJesus did not cancel the Torah He put it on a firmer footing by interpreting it correctly For a better understanding of Jesus Christ his character, his mission I highly recommend this book My favorite chapter is the one that clarifies the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force What a pleasure to learn the context and background in the prophets of Jesus preaching and parables Every chapter brought a sweet surprise.The only part that fell short for me was the chapter about Divorce and Adultery The author did not explain fully the certificate o For a better understanding of Jesus Christ his character, his mission I highly recommend this book My favorite chapter is the one that clarifies the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force What a pleasure to learn the context and background in the prophets of Jesus preaching and parables Every chapter brought a sweet surprise.The only part that fell short for me was the chapter about Divorce and Adultery The author did not explain fully the certificate of divorce or the responsibility of the man to grant the freedom of remarriage not leave her homeless to the one put away Absolutely eye opening A complete overhaul on my understanding of the life and sayings of Jesus Do your Christian life an immense favour and read this book Title Jesus the Jewish TheologianAuthor Brad H YoungPages 344Year 1993Publisher Baker AcademicMy rating 4 out of 5 stars.In searching for a deeper understanding of Yeshua, the Bible, and its Jewish flavor, I enjoyed another of the author s books so I thought this one might be just as helpful in my searching I can say that without exception it really helped me understand in new ways who Jesus was and is, the Jewish listeners of the first century and a deeper understanding of the words of s Title Jesus the Jewish TheologianAuthor Brad H YoungPages 344Year 1993Publisher Baker AcademicMy rating 4 out of 5 stars.In searching for a deeper understanding of Yeshua, the Bible, and its Jewish flavor, I enjoyed another of the author s books so I thought this one might be just as helpful in my searching I can say that without exception it really helped me understand in new ways who Jesus was and is, the Jewish listeners of the first century and a deeper understanding of the words of scripture.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 forunderstanding of the Master Jesus we follow Jesus the Jewish Theologian establishes Jesus firmly within the context of first century Judaism and shows how understanding Jesus Jewishness is crucial for interpreting the New Testament and for understanding the nature of Christian faith Insights from Jewish literature, archeology, and tradition help modern readers place Jesus within his original context Particular attention is given to the Jewish roots of Jesus teaching concerning the kingdom of God this book illuminates anew how Jewish Jesus was That should come as no surprise to Jews or to Christians, although it often does Jesus grew from the soil of his people In reading this book I was struck again and again with how Jesus teachings were paralleled in my own tradition Dr Young s book is not intended to diminish Jesus teaching, but to show its roots Rabbi David Wolpe, University of Judaism, Los Angeles Dr Young permits the words of Jesus to glisten within their own Semitic setting He has done his readers a great service in introducing them to Jewish theological thought What emerges, however, is not Jesus the Jewish theologian in any Western, systematic sense Rather, in Jesus, Dr Young presents an Eastern or Semitic theologian, one who employs a living, vibrant theology Marvin R Wilson, Gordon College