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The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book

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Now in paperback, The Reluctant Parting is a poignant look at the New Testament exploring the forgotten question of intention and identity in Christianity's core writings– How did Jesus's followers stop being Jewish without meaning to?

While other books have demonstrated the "Jewishness" of Jesus, none have grappled with the implications of the New Testament authors' relati
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by HarperOne (first published 2005)
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Mar 12, 2010 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jews, Christians, anyone interested in religious history/Biblical scholarship
This is a very well-written book from a Christianity-to-Judaism convert that very effectively reminds readers that Jews and Christians have not always been two separate groups. The first half of the book summarizes the gradual split of the Jesus sect from mainstream Judaism, while the second half takes the reader through the New Testament book-by-book. The second half of the book is definitely more "scholarly" feeling than the first half, which may lose the interest of the casual reader. For me, ...more
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Jan 10, 2008 J.B. B. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Biblical literalists, christian fanatics, even Jewish people with an eye for unity
Recommended to J.B. by: books & culture mag., i think
a little hard to read, but great. i only read this up to the halfway point where it started going through the new testament line-by-line and i saw it as more of a reference book from there on, or for a religion scholar.

a must read for anyone who doesn't relaize how the bible was made or someone whom this would be their first exposure to reading religious works, objectively.
Really awesome book for both Christians and Jews. Another biased one - Julie was my RelgStudies advisor. BUT this is a really accessible, clear expression of the nuances of the split between Judaism and Christianity from someone who's made that change in reverse. A really interesting read!
Good information on history but I still need a basic background on the New Testament. Of course, it does help that I'm related to Julie so I can ask her questions:)
This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the REAL CONTEXT of the New Testament.
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incredible book
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Julie Galambush is an associate professor of religious studies at The College of William and Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Emory University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Formerly an ordained American Baptist minister, Galambush is a convert to Judaism and a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia
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