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Jewish Annotated New Testament, The (First Edition)

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Note: This is the FIRST EDITION of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. The 2nd edition version of The Jewish Annotated New Testament is available for purchase. Also, an upgrade from this product to the 2nd edition is available here.

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.

  • Brings out Jewish background of early Christianity, New Testament writers
  • Explains Jewish concepts (e.g., food laws, rabbinic argumentation) for non-Jews, Christian concepts (e.g., Eucharist) for Jews
  • Helpful for non-Jewish readers interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity

You may also be interested in this Neal A. Maxwell Institute podcast (audio mp3) regarding The Jewish Annotated NT by the editors, Amy-Jill Levin and Marc Z. Brettler.

You may also be interested in the 2nd Edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament which is also available in Accordance.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament
• Editors: Amy-Jill Levine, Marc Z. Brettler
• Publisher: Oxford University Press (2011)

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October 11, 2014  |  5:52 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
I bought this in hard copy originally as the articles at the back of the book alone are worth it. The additional study notes give useful insights particularly back to the Torah and are often extensive.

Having all the interactive links makes this a valuable addition to your Accordance library. But the accordance version is slightly different to the printed volume so it is worth checking the articles at the end of each 'book' for other snippets of information which appear in grey blocks spread throughout the text in the hard copy (not at the end as in accordance).

This makes an ideal companion volume to the jewish study bible (also in accordance).

Highly recommended.