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A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  2 reviews
An in-depth look at the Christian scriptures from a Jewish perspective. Many Jewish people know the New Testament only through snippets of verse heard at a Christian wedding or funeral, or through a chapter read in literature class. Many are completely unfamiliar with the meaning or messages of Christian scripture and therefore hold strange or startling judgments about it. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Skylight Paths Publishing (first published November 30th 1955)
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Erik Graff
Oct 14, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the bible
Recommended to Erik by: Dennis Haas
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Although ostensibly written for a Jewish readership, Sandmel's book serves as a decent introduction to the Christian scriptures. It was recommended to us in a two semester "Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures/Christian Scriptures" course taught by the chaplain at Grinnell College, Dennis Haas.

Recently I met the gradson of Sandmel. He, the son of a rabbi, has been a student at Shimer College here in Chicago.
Andy Oram
In a readable but carefully argued way, Sandmel lays out some key
Christian doctrines and the apparent motivations for various
statements and stories in the New Testament. This research can
certainly be found elsewhere, but the author presents it in a way
that's particularly understandable and relevant to those with a Jewish
background. He has an agenda, however: he emphasizes the influences of
Greek philosophy on Christianity to the point of minimizing its Jewish
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