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Rabbi Talks with Jesus, A

An Intermillennial, Interfaith Exchange

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Written in English.

About the Book

From the Preface...

In this book I explain in a very straightforward and unapologetic way why, if I had been in the Land of Israel in the first century, I would not have joined the circle of Jesus' disciples. I would have dissented, I hope courteously, I am sure with solid reason and argument and fact. If I heard what he said in the Sermon on the Mount, for good and substantive reasons I would not have followed him. That is hard for people to imagine, since it is hard to think of words more deeply etched into our civilization and its deepest affirmations than the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount and other teachings of Jesus. But then it also is hard to imagine hearing those words for the first time, as something surprising and demanding, not as mere cliches of culture. That is precisely what I propose to do here: listen and argue.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 A Practicing Jew in Dialogue with Jesus 1
2 Not to Destroy but to Fulfill vs. You Have Heard That It Was Said, but I Say to You 18
3 Honor Your Father and Your Mother vs. Do Not Think That I Have Come to Bring Peace on Earth 37
4 Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy vs. Look, Your Disciples Are Doing What Is Not Lawful to Do on the Sabbath 58
5 You Shall Be Holy; for I the Lord Your God Am Holy vs. If You Would Be Perfect, Go, Sell All You Have and Come, Follow Me 75
6 You Shall Be Holy vs. Holier Than Thou 100
7 You Shall Tithe All the Yield of Your Seed vs. You Tithe Mint and Dill and Cumin and Have Neglected the Weightier Matters of the Law 116
8 How Much Torah, After All? 133
An Afterword 144

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