Kosher Jesus (Google eBook)

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2012 - Religion - 241 pages
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Kosher Jesus is a project of more than six years research and writing. The book seeks to offer to Jews and Christians the real story of Jesus, a wholly observant, Pharisaic Rabbi who fought Roman paganism and oppression and was killed for it. While many Christians will be confused by its assertion that Jesus never claimed divinity and not only did not abrogate the Torah but observed every letter of the Law, they will find comfort in my tracing most of Jesus principal teachings back to Jewish sources, this before he was stripped of his Jewishness by later writers who sought to portray him as an enemy of his people. This is especially true of Jesus' most famous oration, the Sermon on the Mount, which is a reformulation of the Torah he studied and to which he was committed. A small sampling: Jesus: (Matt 5:5) Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 37) The meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Jesus: (Matt 5:8) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see G-d. Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 24) Who shall ascend the mount of the Lord the pure-hearted. Jesus: (Matt 5:39) But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Hebrew Bible: (Lamentations 3:30) Let him offer his cheek to him who smites him Jesus: (Matt 6:33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 37:4) Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Jesus: (Matt 7:7) Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Hebrew Bible: (Jer 29:13) When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. Jesus: (Matt 7:23) Then I will declare to them, I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers. Hebrew Bible: (Psalms 6:9) Depart from me, all you workers of evil... The book is also for Jews who remain deeply uncomfortable with Jesus because of the Church s long history of anti-Semitism, the deification of Jesus, and the Jewish rejection of any Messiah who has not fulfilled the Messianic prophecies. We Jews will forever reject the divinity of any man, the single most emphatic prohibition of our Bible. And we can never accept the Messiahship of any personality, however noble or well-intended, who died without ushering in the age of physical redemption. But as Christians and Jews now come together to love and support the majestic and humane Jewish state, it s time that Christians rediscover the deep Jewishness and religious Jewish commitment of Jesus, while Jews re-examine a lost son who was murdered by a brutal Roman state who sought to impose Roman culture and rule upon a tiny yet stubborn nation who will never be severed from their eternal covenant with the God of Israel.
  

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User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

He surmises that Jesus couldn't be how he's portrayed to be by the Christian Church and then makes arguments based on his surmising - a faulty form of logic. Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

As someone who has perused many religious and spiritual paths, and planted roots in Judaism & Christianity, I greatly appreciate this book for the dogma-free way in which it looks at Jesus. After ... Read full review

Contents

The Rabbi and the Stranger
3
Romans and Jews
14
The Pharisees the Sadducees and the Zealots
18
Jesus the Rabbi
23
Jewish Law
29
Miracles
34
Jesus the Healer
41
Jesus Never Claimed to Be Divine
47
Tinkering with the Divine
144
Part IV
147
The Worlds Most Successful Idea
149
Why Jews Cannot Believe in the Divinity and Messiahship of Jesus
151
Divinity
152
Judaism and Paganism
154
The Virgin Birth
157
Splitting Up Divinity
161

The Fantasy of the Evil Jews
52
Part II
63
The Crucifixion
65
Judas Really Exist?
72
Brutal Pilate
81
Barabbas
86
A Political Death and the Trial of Jesus
89
Jesus Crimes
94
Paul the Pharisee?
111
Paul and the Original Apostles
121
Placating Rome
126
Part III
133
Jesus Lover of Israel
135
Jesus against Evil
140
Original Sin
163
Salvation and Repentance
167
A Davidic Messiah?
173
Jesus and the Messianic Prophecies
177
An Eternal Covenant
182
Evangelist Methods
185
This World and the Next
189
Diversity and Uniformity
191
Embracing Jesus as a Jew
197
What We Can All Learn from Jesus
201
Jesus and American Values
209
Jewish Sources on the Death ofJesus
219
Acknowledgments
227
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Shmuley Boteach was born in Los Angeles, California on November 19, 1966. He received his rabbinic ordination in 1988 from the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement in New York City. He has written over 20 books including Kosher Adultery; Kosher Sex; Parenting with Fire; and The Kosher Sutra: Eight Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life. He is the host of the television show Shalom in the Home on TLC and of the Rabbi Shmuley Show on the Oprah and Friends national radio network. He also writes a weekly syndicated column for The Jerusalem Post.

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