By Jacob Neusner
Read or Download A Rabbi Talks with Jesus PDF
Best comparative religion books
This e-book takes factor with those that may search to put regulations at the participation of spiritual organisations in politics, arguing that their place underestimates the advantages, and overestimates the prices, of getting religiously stimulated voters perform this fashion. it's going to attract readers in philosophy and politics.
Syncretism - the synthesis of alternative spiritual - is a contentious be aware. a few regard it as a pejorative time period, concerning neighborhood types of notionally usual `world religions' that are deemed `inauthentic' simply because saturated with indigenous content material. Syncretic models of Christianity don't agree to `official' (read `European') versions.
This quantity offers Theodore Abu Qurrah’s apologetic Christian theology in discussion with Islam. It explores the query of even if, in his try and exhibit orthodoxy in Arabic to the Muslim reader, Abu Qurrah diverged from creedal, doctrinal Christian theology and compromised its center content material. A entire examine of the theology of Abu Qurrah and its relation to Islamic and pre-Islamic orthodox Melkite inspiration has no longer but been pursued in smooth scholarship.
This ebook proposes a accomplished thought of the lack of faith in human societies, with a particular and significant specialise in the modern usa. Kevin McCaffree attracts on a number disciplines together with sociology, psychology, anthropology, and background to discover themes resembling the foundation of faith, the function of faith in contemporary American background, the lack of faith, and the way american citizens are facing this loss.
- War and its discontents: pacifism and quietism in the Abrahamic traditions
- Secular Steeples: Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination
- Expectations of Immortality in Late Antiquity (Aquinas Lecture)
- Religion and Normativity, Volume I: The Discursive Fight over Religious Texts in Antiquity
- Fundamentalism: The Search For Meaning
Additional resources for A Rabbi Talks with Jesus
My argument is with the Jesus that faithful Christians revere, the one known to them in the great narratives, among them, 33 A RABBI TALKS WITH JESUS that one written to Jews in particular. Now, then, we join in the story Matthew tells about Jesus, speaking now of the things the storyteller tells us as though they were out there, before us. We know only two things: the Torah and Matthew's story of things Jesus said - nothing more. "Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
So here I try to tell the story of the grounds for that dissent, so to frame an account of how I should have argued with Jesus and tried to persuade him and those with him that their view of the Torah - of what God wants from humanity - at important and substantive points was wrong. And therefore, because that specific teaching was so broadly out of phase with the Torah and covenant of Sinai, I could not then follow him and do not now either. That is not because I am stubborn or unbelieving. It is because I believe God has given a different Torah from the one that Jesus teaches; and that Torah, the one Moses got at Sinai, stands in judgment of the torah of Jesus, as it dictates true and false, right and wrong, for all other torahs that people want to teach in God's name.
In calling upon the Torah and explaining how a true understanding of its intent requires more than people now understand, Jesus' torah meets that challenge that sages set for themselves, which is not only to receive the Torah, but also to hand it on. And that means not only to repeat or to paraphrase, but to teach, explain, extend, amplify, enrich. And in these sayings, that is precisely what Jesus accomplishes. " gains such immediate assent: familiar, but better. I look in vain in some of his statements for such obvious confirmation of Jesus' claim that he has come not to destroy but to fulfill.