The Jewish Annotated New Testament

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 700 pages
  • 160.02 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 1,043.26g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 Line Drawings
  • 0195297709
  • 9780195297706
  • 25,318

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This groundbeaking work, by a team of senior Jewish scholars, brings out the Jewish context of the New Testament, both biblical and talmudic [...] a valuable academic work. * Jewish Bible Quarterly * One wonders, then, how such high-level Jewish-Christian dialogue might advance once the Pope gains access to the epochal new book,The Jewish Annotated New Testament. I cannot speak highly enough about this book's conception, execution and potential impact on a wide variety of readers. * Michael Peppard, The Tablet *
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About Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

Marc Z. Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University.
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Table of contents

The full text of the New Testament (in the New Revised Standard Version translation), each book introduced and annotated, plus a full selection of essays on historical and religious topics (e.g. the historical background of the Greco-Roman world in the years leading up to New Testament times). ; Contributors ; Alan J. Avery-Peck - 2 Corinthians ; Herbert Basser - James ; Daniel Boyarin - Logos, A Jewish Word: John's Prologue as Midrash ; Marc Zvi Brettler - Editor; The New Testament between the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and Rabbinic Literature ; Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus - 3 John ; Shaye J. D. Cohen - Galatians; Judaism and Jewishness; Josephus ; Michael Cook - Philippians ; Pamela Eisenbaum - Hebrews ; Michael Fagenblat - Who Is my Neighbor? The Concept of Neighbor in Jewish and Christian Ethics ; Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert - Judaizers, Jewish Christians, and Others ; David Frankfurter - Revelation ; David Friedenreich - Food and Table Fellowship ; Julie Galambush - 2 John ; Aaron M. Gale - Matthew ; Joshua D. Garroway - Jews and Judeans: The Meanings of Ioudaios ; Barbara Geller - Philemon ; Gary Gilbert - Acts ; Martin Goodman - Jewish History, 331 BCE - 135 CE ; Leonard Greenspoon - The Septuagint ; Michael R. Greenwald - 2 Peter; The Canon of the New Testament ; Adam Gregerman - 2 Thessalonians ; Maxine Grossman - Ephesians; The Dead Sea Scrolls ; Susannah Heschel - Jesus in Modern Jewish Thought ; Martha Himmelfarb - Afterlife and Resurrection ; Tal Ilan - 2 Timothy ; Andrew Jacobs - Jude ; Jonathan Klawans - The Law ; Naomi Koltun-Fromm - 1 Timothy ; Jennifer Koosed - Titus ; Ross S. Kraemer - Jewish Family Life in the First Century CE ; Shira Lander - 1 Corinthians ; Daniel R. Langton - Paul in Jewish Thought ; Rebecca Lesses - Divine Beings ; David Levenson - Messianic Movements
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