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In this book Jacob Neusner, argues that the classical documents of Judaism speak extensively about the diverse ways in which we meet God in the world. The counterpart in Christianity, argues Bruce Chilton, is meeting God in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. As heirs to the Scripture of ancient Israel, both Judaism and Christianity identify humanity as the worldly image of God. The two traditions agree that because we are made in God’s image, we see God in the face of one another. The conception of incarnation is therefore as Judaic as it is Christian. The point of difference between the two becomes clear when we ask how incarnation is realized.

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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.).