Rabbi David Zaslow’s highly acclaimed book about the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity. The book attempts to build a bridge of reconciliation between the Church and Synagogue.
This bold, fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity challenges both Jews and Christians to re-examine their understanding of Jesus’ commitment to his Jewish faith. Instead of emphasizing the differences between the two religions, this groundbreaking text explains how the concepts of vicarious atonement, mediation, incarnation, and Trinity are actually rooted in classical Judaism. Using the cutting edge of scholarly research, Rabbi Zaslow dispels the myths of disparity between Christianity and Judaism without diluting the unique features of each faith. Jesus: First Century Rabbi is a breath of fresh air for Christians and Jews who want to strengthen and deepen their own faith traditions.
• Click here to listen the podcast of 12/6/2013 hour-long interview with Geoffrey Riley on the Jefferson Exchange about “Jesus: First Century Rabbi.”
• Click here to listen to the podcast of the 10/9/2013 interview with Rabbi Rami Shapiro entitled “Was Jesus a Christian?”
Just a few of the many endorsements for this book
Rabbi Zaslow has done a tremendous service to Christians and Jews alike—this book is wonderful! An important contribution to the continuing dialogue and relationship building between these two faith communities. We need to hear more of what brings us together, what we share, not just what sets us apart. Thank you both Rabbi Zaslow and Paraclete for bringing this work to fruition and for creating greater light in our world!
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein,
President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Theology books are rarely real page-turners but if you yearn to know Rabbi Jesus better, and to understand his parables and sayings, you won’t be able to put this book down! Rabbi Zaslow has put the pieces back together for us. Learning more about the roots and branches that Jews and Christians share will bring us closer to the center of God’s new community and create a way to peace for people of every faith.
The Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Campbell. Pastor, St. Mark Presbyterian Church
I love every line, every phrase, every paragraph of this book. Rabbi David is a compassionate teacher who understands the ingrained biases that both Jews and Christians hold because of past experience. The book opens doors! This is a whole new breakthrough, like a conversation that unfolds and melts our hearts.
Rabbi Alica Magal