Jesus was born a Jew, raised a Jew, lived a Jew, died a Jew, and was resurrected a Jew. He was no backsliding Jew, but an observant Jew. In Rebekah Simon-Peter’s “The Jew Named Jesus” the author shares her own deeply personal journey of discovering this. Born and raised a Jew, first Reform then later Orthodox, she challenges Christians to rethink Jesus’ identity as a Jew, and in the process, to consider ways that traditional Christian theology has contributed to anti-Semitism. And what to do about it.
This hopeful book will help you:
- Enrich your Christian faith and practice by transforming your awareness of Jesus as a Jew
- Increase your confidence in engaging in Jewish-Christian dialogue
- Explore the overlapping space where Judaism and Christianity intersect
- Discover Jesus (and Paul’s) practice of Jewish faith and customs in the New Testament.
- Trace how the common spiritual ancestry of Jews and Christians can unite us rather than divide us.
“Personal and provocative, informed and inspirational, Rebekah Simon-Peter shows not only how Jesus must be seen within the context of his own Judaism, but also why this recovery is essential for Christian faith and practice.”
– Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science
“Rebekah Simon-Peter’s The Jew Named Jesus is such an enjoyable read, and the content is deeply important. The book helped me identify many mistakes I’ve made in my work as a preacher and writer of the years. My only complaint – I wish it had been available thirty years ago, so I could have avoided those mistakes! Highly recommended for every pastor – and every follower of Jesus.”
– Brian D. McLaren, author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road (www.brianmclaren.net)