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The Reluctant Parting by Julie Galambush
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Recommended 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, the chapters were brief enough to give an idea of the social context in which the books were written, without becoming too long and dry. In fact, I somewhat regret that in an effort to keep the entire book a reasonable length, Galambush was a bit too limited to give some sections of the New Testament the amount of attention I would have liked. All in all, a fascinating read for anyone who might take an interest in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.
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