The Jewish Annotated New Testament Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler

This is awesome!

Regulars here may remember when I tried to, week by week, give background to the Sunday, three-year-lectionary, readings. This volume goes a long way to providing that kind of information. It helps me, and other Christians, to get a fresh perspective on texts that we may, through over-familiarity, sometimes blunt.

In this volume, fifty specialist Jewish scholars introduce, annotate, and provide explanatory inserts book by book through the Christian New Testament (using the scholarly NRSV text). There are also lots of essays, on topics as diverse as Divine Beings, Jesus in Jewish thought, Parables and Midrash, Mysticism, Jewish Family Life, Messianic Movements, Dead Sea Scrolls, and so on. Then there are tables, a glossary, and an index.

The volume gathers together emerging consensus scholarship. As well as being helpful for refreshing our reading, this volume is a wonderful starting point and resource for interfaith dialogue. The volume not only encourages such dialogue, but is also obviously a fruit of it – this area would not have had such wealth of scholars until relatively recently.

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the Divinity School, College of Arts and Science, Graduate Department of Religion, and Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Marc Z. Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University.

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