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The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Discover the New Testament’s Forgotten Jewish Origins
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by HarperOne (first published 2005)
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Sarah
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an interest of mine, the Jewish/Christian split ("split" doesn't quite say, but it worked for Adrienne Rich in her "split at the root" about in part, being both Christian and Jewish). Anyway. The history here is quite interesting--about the centuries before and during the Common Era. Roman rule and Roman intolerance was even more of a player than I'd realized. Until the author commences on her scholarly and astute analysis of each book of the New Testament -- in other words, while the autho ...more
Rick Lee Lee James
Excellent Study

Amazing study of the Jewish roots of scripture and Christianity itself. Jesus never intended for the religions to part and this book explains how it is possible that Christianity truly was part of the Jewish faith. Strong scholarship and engaging writing makes for a terrific read.
Heather
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jews, Christians, anyone interested in religious history/Biblical scholarship
This is a very well-written book from a Christianity-to-Judaism convert that very effectively reminds readers that Jews and Christians have not always been two separate groups. The first half of the book summarizes the gradual split of the Jesus sect from mainstream Judaism, while the second half takes the reader through the New Testament book-by-book. The second half of the book is definitely more "scholarly" feeling than the first half, which may lose the interest of the casual reader. For me, ...more
J.B. B.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biblical literalists, christian fanatics, even Jewish people with an eye for unity
Recommended to J.B. by: books & culture mag., i think
a little hard to read, but great. i only read this up to the halfway point where it started going through the new testament line-by-line and i saw it as more of a reference book from there on, or for a religion scholar.

a must read for anyone who doesn't relaize how the bible was made or someone whom this would be their first exposure to reading religious works, objectively.
Paul
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome book for both Christians and Jews. Another biased one - Julie was my RelgStudies advisor. BUT this is a really accessible, clear expression of the nuances of the split between Judaism and Christianity from someone who's made that change in reverse. A really interesting read!
Milt
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ayelet
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good information on history but I still need a basic background on the New Testament. Of course, it does help that I'm related to Julie so I can ask her questions:)
Batya
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the REAL CONTEXT of the New Testament.
Anne O'brien
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
incredible book
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Julie Galambush is an associate professor of religious studies at The College of William and Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Emory University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Formerly an ordained American Baptist minister, Galambush is a convert to Judaism and a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia
“The New Testament authors fought, ultimately in vain, to maintain their legitimacy as Jews. Read as a Jewish book, the New Testament becomes the story of a reluctant parting—the closing arguments, the last hopes—before Christians ceased, sometimes angrily, sometimes sadly, to be a part of the Jewish people.” 0 likes
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