By Jacob Neusner

ISBN-10: 0773520465

ISBN-13: 9780773520462

Placing himself in the context of the Gospel of Matthew, Neusner imagines himself in a discussion with Jesus of Nazareth and will pay him the very best Judaic gesture of appreciate: creating a reference to him via a decent debate concerning the nature of God's One fact. Neusner explains why the Sermon at the Mount don't have confident him to keep on with Jesus and why, through the criterion of the Torah of Moses, he could have persevered to keep on with the lessons of Moses. He explores the explanations Christians think in Jesus Christ and the dominion of Heaven, whereas Jews proceed to think within the Torah of Moses and a country of clergymen and holy humans on the earth. This revised and increased version, with a foreword by way of Donald Akenson, creates a considerate and available context for dialogue of the main primary query of why Christians and Jews think what they believe.

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So I am told to expect to hear something fresh, original, and superior to anything that has gone before - and yet, torah in conformity with the Torah revealed by God to Moses at Sinai. So the sage sets for himself a worthy challenge, one that every sage in every generation does well to meet: receive a tradition whole and perfect, hand it on never intact but always unimpaired, so taking a rightful place in the chain of tradition from Sinai. For it is the task of each generation both to receive and to hand on, in the language of the opening sentence of Mishnah-tractate Abot, sayings of the Founders of Judaism.

But if the negative contains a powerful affirmation, as it does, still, there is more to Judaism in its meeting with Christianity than a mere no. There is a no, because ... And in that "because" dwells a mighty debate between us both. So in these pages I propose to show how Israel, the people of God, would appear if a reasoned argument between things Jesus taught and teachings of the Torah could be conceived. What I mean is an argument on the substance of things, as though all that mattered were what is true by the criterion accepted by both parties: the Torah.

The Torah calls eternal Israel always to struggle for God's purpose; the Torah sanctions warfare and recognizes legitimate power. So I find amazing Jesus' statement that it is a religious duty to fold before evil. True, Proverbs teaches, "A soft answer turns away wrath" (Prov 15:1). Anyone who knew that verse will have identified with Jesus' expansion of it. Nor should we ignore, "If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you" (Prov 25:21-22).

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