Jesus exercises a powerful historical fascination. He was without doubt a profound and enigmatic personality. Nonetheless, he remains for many Jews a man whose wisdom and wit place him among the great teachers of humanity, but neither a messiah nor a god.

For those who wish to explore this further, there are no end of books addressing the complex, fascinating relations between Christianity and Judaism. A polemical work, which illustrates how Jews answer the various verses in the Torah taken to be referring to Jesus by many Christians, is "You Take Jesus, I'll Take God," by Samuel Levine. A more ecumenical examination is the work of the renowned scholar Jacob Neusner, "A Rabbi Talks With Jesus." For those interested in how the rabbis anticipated Jesus' teachings, one book worth reading is by the Christian scholar Brad Young, "Jesus, the Jewish Theologian."

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