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Soundings in the Religion of Jesus: Perspectives and Methods in Jewish and Christian Scholarship
Chilton, Bruce, Anthony Le Donne and Jacob Neusner, editors

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012 pp. xx + 268. $49.00


Description: Jesus was a Jew and not a Christian. That affirmation may seem obvious, but here an international cast of Jewish and Christian scholars spell out its weighty and often complex consequences for contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue. Soundings in the Religion of Jesus contextualizes Jesus and the writings about him that set the stage for Jewish-Christian relations for the next two thousand years. Of equal importance, this book considers the reception, celebration, and (too often) the neglect of Jesus' Jewishness in modern contexts and the impact such responses have had for Jewish-Christian relations. Topics explored include the ethics of scriptural translation, the ideological motives of Nazi theologians and other "quests" for the Historical Jesus, and the ways in which New Testament portraits of Jesus both help and hurt authentic Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, History of Religions, History of Interpretation

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Review by Benjamin I. Simpson
Published 2/9/2014
Citation: Benjamin I. Simpson, review of Bruce Chilton, Anthony Le Donne, and Jacob Neusner, eds., Soundings in the Religion of Jesus: Perspectives and Methods in Jewish and Christian Scholarship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Peter-Ben Smit
Published 2/9/2014
Citation: Peter-Ben Smit, review of Bruce Chilton, Anthony Le Donne, and Jacob Neusner, eds., Soundings in the Religion of Jesus: Perspectives and Methods in Jewish and Christian Scholarship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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