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Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History

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Why did the Jews reject Jesus? Was he really the son of God? Were the Jews culpable in his death? These ancient questions have been debated for almost two thousand years, most recently with the release of Mel Gibson’s explosive The Passion of the Christ. The controversy was never merely academic. The legal status and security of Jews—often their very lives—depended on the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Harmony (first published 2005)
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Cory Howell
Jul 29, 2010 Cory Howell rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a most thought-provoking description of the Jewish perspective on Jesus. My experience of the typical Christian viewpoint of Judaism is this: "Can you believe it? The Jews spent all those centuries waiting for their Messiah, and when he came, they didn't even recognize him! How could they be so blind?" Not every Christian says it exactly that way, but that's usually the general gist. Klinghoffer shows quite clearly that the reason the Jews have consistently rejected Jesus ...more
Danusha Goska
May 26, 2013 Danusha Goska rated it it was ok
Klinghoffer summarizes his main points on page one. He, the Jew, is the thinker; he's at a computer, surrounded by Hebrew books. A "brawny" Christian blue collar laborer attempts to debate theology with him, loses, and "puzzled and distraught," retreats.

The main points of "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus": Judaism and Christianity are so different that they occupy different universes (e.g. 165). Jews are essentially – one could read "racially" – different. They are intelligent, and have ethical sou
Joel Roberts
Oct 29, 2011 Joel Roberts rated it it was ok
clearly, the author is zealous about his beliefs. i consider it a mitzvah that he taught me a lot about Jewish history, culture, etc al. it's a very scholarly piece. that said, i thought it a bit disingenuous to call the book "profoundly respectful of Christian sensibilities" (see the back cover) when the author regularly drops in mildly snotty comments that are anything but "profoundly respectful".

as a Christian, i did have a few strong reactions/objections. a few: (a) the author writes that C
Elliot Ratzman
Sep 30, 2012 Elliot Ratzman rated it it was ok
A mix of the learned, the lucid and the ludicrous, Klinghoffer’s journalistic account of why Christianity didn’t attract first century (or 19th century) Jews is a readable survey. Klinghoffer drinks the traditional Jewish religious kool-aid, clouding his judgment when it comes to “scholars” and secular historians when our opinions differ from his own dogma. He sandwiches his readable history of Jewish intellectual defense against Christianity with two self-serving provocations: first, that if it ...more
Nathan Albright
Nov 02, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
It would be tempting, upon reading this book and its smug, self-satisfied tone, casual libels about Jesus and Paul, and its general unpleasant arrogance, to dismiss it entirely as a worthless and unprofitable book that demonstrates the contempt that some Jews have for Christianity and Christians, viewing them only a source for opportunistic conversions and as a cultural threat. While tempting, though, this would be an unwise response, because this is a book that manages to perform a worthwhile ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Digibrill rated it it was amazing
Ever felt like you were getting a Christianised treatment of Jewish theology in church(es)? Well I picked up this book because of Dennis Prager, whose wisdom about religion and life in general always makes me think-even if I do not particularly agree with everything he says. Klinghoffer recognises how Christianity framed European law and culture to enable the West to become what it is today, but pulls no punches in his honest, Jewish analysis of Christian theology and history. He is eminently ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Kent rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
In the course of his analysis, Klinghoffer gives an extensive review of Jewish history. Perhaps most intriguing of his assertions is his revelation that the Jews' rejection of Jesus as the Messiah was the launch pad for Christianity to become the driving force behind European and American societal, cultural and economic development. This was a bit more than expected, but the sub title should have been a tip off. The author imagines the different outcome had more Jews accepted Christ, and their ...more
Laurie Garcia
Oct 11, 2011 Laurie Garcia rated it liked it
While I don't like the title (I think the word "rejected" is a bit harsh and has a negative connotation to it), this was a very interesting read. I learned a lot about Judaism, Jewish history, as well as Christian history. It was interesting to read why Jews of Jesus' time didn't believe that he was the Messiah, why Jews after Jesus' time to modern times do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and how Paul changed the early "Jewish Christian" movement into what we now know as Christianity. He ...more
Lester Usapdin
May 18, 2016 Lester Usapdin rated it really liked it
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This book opened my mind as a Christian that I should stop eating pork (co'z we have a family history of hypertension) and other seafoods aside from fishes that have fins and scales. I like the author's idea of trying to balance some things like when he defended Jesus in this book when He said that He is the Son of God but most pharisees call it blasphemy. The author mentioned about the World War 2 holocaust (that Christians are the highest when it comes to the number of mass murderers in the ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it
Klinghoffer, who is not a Christian by any stretch, gives readers an inside perspective on why the Jews who rejected Jesus during his earthly ministry, and afterward, did so. While his descriptions of the Christian perspective are seriously flawed (an examination of his very few "Christian" sources, like E.P. Sanders - who describes himself as a 'liberal, secular, Protestant - give you a clue), and his selections of Talmudic and rabbinic explanations seem screened, his overall themes seem ...more
Joe Gaeta
Jun 11, 2013 Joe Gaeta rated it liked it
Excellent book. I give it only three stars b/c it's obviously not for everyone. It also delves into the hairsplitting and verbal gymnastics that turns me off from theology in general. But, Klinghoffer is extremely intelligent and is a compelling writer. He does his best to mitigate the theological nit-picking with a clear and logical approach.

It goes without saying that the author, an Orthodox Jew, has a firm grasp on rabbinic Judaism. What is surprising is Klnghoffer's knowledge of The New Tes
Oct 09, 2012 Pearlie rated it did not like it
I wasted my money. I had high expectations on this book. I had expected the author to take on the differing issues and argue the Jewish stand as opposed to the Christian and NT proclamation. What I got was a poor discussion on why "he" thinks Jesus is not what "he" thought Jesus would be. His take on the NT and even the interpretation on the OT is superficial and shallow. Most of his arguments are unsubstantiated. What he really needs is a good theological education or at least a better attempt ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
I got this book from the library to supplement other material for a paper I was working on. (Confession: I don't think I have read it all yet.)

It is great outline of the reasons are for Jews (both past and present) have on Jesus as Messiah. Naturally, I don't agree with all of them. And he has made several errors on presenting Christianity. However for my purpose of getting a concise reasons on this issue the book was invaluable. : )
Dec 17, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006, religion, nonfiction
An interesting compendium of reasons why the Jews -- the progentors of Jesus, the chosen people of God, AND the originators of the Bible -- continuously reject Jesus. One of the strongest reasons that stand out: Christians continuously and strongly misread the Bible, and in particular fail to understand the meaning of what the Jewish Messiah is required to do, all of which Jesus failed to do.
Jun 26, 2013 NatalieJane rated it liked it
An interesting perspective. I learned a lot. It is important to spend a little time in life attempting to clarify historical/religious confusion. This book is not for everyone. It was worth the read for me. One thing is clear, not much is clear about events that really occurred around 30CE . But we take our perspectives and try to reason.
Patricia Joynton
Dec 06, 2016 Patricia Joynton rated it it was amazing
Don't expect an easy read. This is more an analytical book that is more in keeping with scientific writing. I also don't think it is a book that can be appreciated unless you have an open mind and really interested in the question. I can't believe I began this book in 2013! I think it was one I started, then lost, then found.
Elizabeth Raine
Jan 21, 2013 Elizabeth Raine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
While I read this book wanting to agree with his reasoning, Klinghoffer still adds a lot of historical reasoning for his claims. Some of them I've heard before, some were new to me, but it highlighted what I already knew about most people's misconceptions and both Jesus and Judaism and taught me something new as well.
Jul 14, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
I can't say it was the most engaging book and at times was almost boring, but his arguments are nevertheless quite strong. He provides an excellent case for why the Jews have never accepted Jesus as the Messiah, using biblical, cultural and historical evidence to effectively argue that Jesus could not have been the Messiah promised to the Jewish people in the Hebrew Bible.
Rick Davis
May 16, 2016 Rick Davis rated it liked it
Shelves: bible-theology
This book was stimulating, engaging, and interesting. It also contained a good deal of nonsense. I'll give a longer review when I have time later.
Mar 26, 2014 Marcus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: judaism, christianity
I will write more for now, a fantastic , read and an eye opener to many, it's the FYI few seem to know.
Feb 29, 2008 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion-judaism
Not a profound book, but rather one intent on justifying a position in light of theology, history and ritual. The author is very sure of his own opinions.
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