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Children of the Flesh, Children of the Promise: A Rabbi Talks with Paul

Children of the Flesh, Children of the Promise: A Rabbi Talks with Paul

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2005

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In this follow-up to his influential book, A Rabbi Talks with Jesus, Jacob Neusner, challenges the Apostle Paul to a debate about the true meaning and significance of Judaism. Drawing new boundaries for Jewish-Christian dialogue, Neusner contends that Paul misinterpreted Judaism and that this error has resulted in the widespread perception of Judaism as ethnic and particular while Christianity is understood as universally accessible. Neusner attempts to demonstrate how Judaism, too, may be considered universal. Just as Christianity presents an option to all of God’s faithful, Neusner contends that Judaism’s mediation of the voice of God at Sinai echoes across the entire world.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).