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Jesus the Jewish Theologian

ISBN: 9781441252401



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.

The Logos Bible Software edition of this volume is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of Scripture. Biblical passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the Word of God.

  • Discusses the importance of understanding Jesus’ Jewishness
  • Presents references to ancient, biblical, and rabbinic sources to enforce points
  • Includes extensive bibliographies and indexes as further study resources
  • The Messianic Drama of Jesus’ Life Events
  • The Jewish Roots of Jesus’ Kingdom Theology
  • The Jewish Theology in Jesus’ Parables
  • The Jewish Messiah and the Politics of Rome
  • The Future Messiah
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. . . . Young’s book is not intended to diminish Jesus’ teaching, but to show its roots.

—David Wolpe, rabbi, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles

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, Young presents an Eastern or Semitic theologian, one who employs a living, vibrant theology.

—Marvin R. Wilson, Harold J. Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College

  • Title: Jesus the Jewish Theologian
  • Author: Brad H. Young
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 352

Bradford Humes Young, also known as Brad Young is a Professor of Biblical Literature in Judeao Christian Studies at the Graduate Department of Oral Roberts University. He is also founder and President of the Gospel Research Foundation, Inc. After receiving his B.A. from ORU, Dr. Young departed Tulsa for Israel. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he pursued graduate studies in early Christianity and ancient Judaism.


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  1. Joshua McClintock
    This book helps to recover the historical Jesus in his 1st Century Jewish setting. Jesus wasn't a Protestant, Catholic or even a Christian. He was first and foremost a Torah Faithful Jew and his Theological outlook reflects this truth in his primary message of, 'kingdom of Heaven'. Brad Young does an excellent job relating Jesus to his contemporaries and bringing out the Jewishness of his sayings and actions which are firmly rooted in the rich soil of Jewish thought.

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