Jesus of Nazareth is the most famous Jew who ever lived, yet remains profoundly alienated from his own people.
Jesus of Nazareth is the most famous Jew who ever lived, yet remains profoundly alienated from his own people. At best he is viewed as the founder of a new religion which for millennia was hostile to Judaism. At worst he is seen as the source of world anti-Semitism, with the charge that the Jews were responsible for his death being the impetus for the murder of countless Jews throughout the ages. But the historical Jesus is also foreign to most Christians who are oblivious to the life he lived as a Jew, his real mission in ancient Judea, the source of most of his celebrated teachings, and his firm attachment to his people.
Rabbi Shmuley dismantles the most pernicious lie in the world history that the Jews killed Jesus not just from Roman from especially Gospel sources that actually show that the Rabbis saved Jesus’ life! Much more than just a book, this work based on profound scholarship made accessible to the lay leader in an electrifying narrative, is the foundation for a totally new relationship between Christians and Jews and will profoundly alter what both groups think they know about Jesus, a Jewish patriot murdered by Rome for his struggle on behalf of his people. In conveying to the world a holistic understanding of Jesus’ compelling Jewishness, Rabbi Shmuley sets the stage for Jews and Christians to come together for the first time through the personality of Jesus’ himself, even as both groups understand him in different ways.
The genesis of this book is a simple question: Who was Jesus of Nazareth? We all think we know who he was – the inspiration for the world’s most successful religion. The deliverer of faith, love, spiritual inspiration, and religious commitment to billions of people the world over for two millennia. Christians see him as the son of God, both wholly human and wholly divine, whose example, compassion, and self-sacrifice are a bulwark for the faithful worldwide. But is that the whole story?
For all the undeniable good Christianity has done, even its most passionate adherents would admit it has also been directly and indirectly responsible for a great deal of suffering. Until the modern era, Christian history is rife with physical violence and discrimination. Awful acts of hatred and intolerance were committed in Jesus’ name. And for far too long, the received picture of Jesus has obscured a simple and powerful truth: Jesus would never stand as an enemy against his own people, nor would he tolerate his followers doing so.