A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament
An in-depth look at the Christian scriptures—from a Jewish perspective.
On Christmas day 1925, Rabbi Stephen S.Wise, one of the twentieth century’s most influential Jewish leaders, gave a lecture at Carnegie Hall in New York City titled “A Jew’s View of Jesus.” He argued that Jesus, in fact, existed, contrary to popular Jewish opinion at that time. He said, “Neither Christian protest nor Jewish lamentation can annul the fact that Jesus was a Jew, an Hebrew of Hebrews.”
Thirty years later, Rabbi Samuel Sandmel set out to explain and introduce—for the first time in scholarly detail from a Jewish perspective—the enigmatic character of the texts held sacred by Christians, the so-called New Testament that surrounds and presents the figure of Jesus.
In this new edition of Sandmel’s classic work, you will encounter his lucid and brilliant introduction to the New Testament from a Jewish point of view, transcending the boundaries of religion in order to share in the profound perplexities and deep aspirations that we as human beings have been inspired to express.