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Jesus the Jew by Géza Vermès
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Jul 22, 07

bookshelves: judaism
Read in February, 2003

This book was incredible. Mr. Vermes is an outstanding academic who charts out the historical context of the man that was Jesus, how he fit into the Judaism of his day, and what exactly is it that he was doing. Vermes then goes on to outline the gross distortions that have ensued over the centuries, starting with the so-called gospels (in actuality treatises on Jewish Oral Law) all the way to the image of the man himself, now deified, removed from the Judaism he so fervently practiced. As a convert to Judaism coming from a Catholic background, books like this are excellent ways to understand the gap between the religion in which I grew up, and the way of life I now lead. This is a must-read for anyone with a curiosity for the historical Jesus, and his ties to Judaism, past and present.
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