The Misunderstood Jew

The Misunderstood Jew

The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Book - 2006
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Country Western singer Kinky Friedman often performs a song entitled "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore," and New Testament professor Amy-Jill Levine would agree. In fact, her career is dedicated to helping Christians and Jews understand the Jewishness of Jesus, thereby deepening the understanding of him, and facilitating greater interfaith dialogue. In this book, she shows how liberal Christians misunderstand Judaism, misunderstand the New Testament, and thus yank Jesus out of his Jewish context and wind up promoting hatred of Jews. Only with the deeper understanding this top Jewish, Southern-born New Testament scholar provides can we hope to respect each other's beliefs, as well as enrich our own.

Through a extremely busy teaching and speaking schedule, Levine has honed her message at synagogues, Catholic conferences, Jewish Community Centers, denominational meetings, in the classroom and in her highly successful Teaching Company audios and videos. Levine is brilliant, charming, funny and forceful, and uses these traits to give a completely fresh perspective on Jesus and the New Testament. In addition to offering new insights with great skill, she has the remarkable ability to be tough, pointing out how even liberal Christians can be unwittingly anti-Semitic in their understanding of what Jesus stood for.Her truth-telling here will provoke honest dialogue on how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus and our New Testament heritage.

Published: [San Francisco, Calif.?] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060789664
Branch Call Number: 261.26 LEV
Characteristics: 250 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 23, 2018

This book should come with hearing protection to shield one from the author's axe-grinding. And also gloves, to protect one from the smugness dripping from it. While it is said to be non-fiction, it's actually "the author's smug opinions loosely based on cherry-picked facts". The author inadvertently revealed her own biases and misunderstandings in this book. But it's usually the case that theologians and academia concerned with theology spend a lifetime trying to define scriptures written by people with no college education. And fail.

Jul 04, 2011

I appreciate this book greatly: ideas that i had run into tangentially, concerns that i had felt but inarticulately, new exegesis of both Christian and Hebrew Scriptures [I disagree with her criticism of that title]-- all this was made coherent and understandable in a new way. The book is scholarly in that EVERYthing said is supported and defended in a most rational way. Unfortunately, like so many books written since the advent of word-procssing and the loss of experienced editors in publishing houses, the book is sometimes repetitive and occasionally borders on the hystrionic.
Even so, Levine's ability as a Jew to value the Christian faith and the positives of this religion, and her challenge to Jews to break out of their institutionalized ignorance of the majority culture, is remarkable and edifying. This should be a must-read for all Christian pastors and on the shelf of all rabbis' offices.


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