Jesus and the Judaism of His Time
The main aim of this work is to understand Jesus as he saw himself, and to compare that self-understanding with the ways in which others have grasped the nature of his mission.
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published by Polity Press
(first published January 1st 1990)
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Jan 04, 2012 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Zeitlin's book is a well-written and easy to read exposition of first-century Judaism with a look at how Jesus fit into the religious milieu of his time. Zeitlin shows that Jesus was a religious Jew according to the customs of his time, more conservative than average, perhaps, but well within the dominant Pharisee movement of his time. At the end of the book, Zeitlin discusses Christianity's transition from a messianic sect of Judaism, accepted insofar as Jewish customs were observed, to somethi...more