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The Misunderstood Jew by Amy-Jill Levine
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Read from March 22 to 28, 2012 — I own a copy

A totally worthwhile book to read for anyone interested in the Jewishness of Jesus, of the New Testament, of the very early Christians, and even of the Old Testament/Tanakh. In the first half of the book, Dr. Levine's thorough survey of anti-Judaism in Christian thought, I recognized familiar example after familiar example of ways Christians commonly discount or erase the Jewishness of the New Testament people, events, and writers, and/or dismiss the Jewish perspective and understanding. I am thankful that I also had previously heard much of the information she provides to correct anti-Jewish assumptions. The rest of the book was equally riveting. By the end of this book I had a much clearer understanding of the commonalities and the differences between Judaism and Christianity, how they each interpret their foundational texts, and how essential a Jewish perspective is to more fully understanding Jesus, the New Testament, and the very early Christians.
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