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Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus [Paperback]

By Harvey Falk (Author)
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Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus by Harvey Falk

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.14" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592443133  
ISBN13  9781592443130  

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Very informative  Oct 22, 2008
Lots of Talmudic info in this book which I enjoyed especially being Jewish as well. Good read over all.
Table of Contents  Mar 28, 2008
I wish I hadn't ordered this book. I have to rate it to put this up, so I'm giving it a 4, but I haven't read it. Here's the Table of Contents - wish I'd seen this before I ordered it.

1. Rabbi Jacob Emden's Views on Christianity
2. Hillel's Convert Revisited - A Second Look
3. Talmud and Jewish Tradition on the Essenes: Relationship of the Essenes to Bet Hillel
4. The Arrest of Rabbi Eliezer and its Relationship to the Belief of the Minim (Jewish-Christians)
5. Hasidim of the Nations: Parallel Definitions
6. The Relationship of Rabbi Eliezer to the School of Shammai
7. The Roots of Christian Anti-Semitism: Bet Hillel v. Bet Shammai
8. A Biographical Listing of Jewish Sages and Scholars Addressed in This Book

And here's the back cover:

"This book is an important and provocative study of the thought of the Pharisees in the time of Jesus and marks the first attempt by a rabbinic writer to demonstrate that Jesus of Nazareth consistently upheld the views of the rabbis of the School of Hillel, and that all his criticism was directed at the School of Shammai and their followers. After the School of Shammai disappeared from the Jewish scene following the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the first century, Judaism developed according to the teachings of Bet Hillel. This alone increases the common grounds for dialogue between Jews and Christians.

"Some important findings of this book include the following: The Pharisees of Bet Shammai controlled Jewish life and thought during the first century; the School of Shammai denied salvation to the Gentiles; the Shammaite Pharisees and priests considered Jesus a danger to the Jewish poeple; the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed because of Bet Shammai's hatred of the Gentile world; the prophet Elijah condemned Jesus' crucifixion.

"These new insights will help achieve a new understanding of the seemingly anti-Jewish passages contained in the Christian scriptures, and make possible improved relations between Christians and Jews. It is acclaimed by scholars of both faiths."

And here's the author's credentials:

"Harvey Falk is a rabbi who has written extensively on rabbinic Judaism and its relationship to contemporary society. His last published book was Days of Judgment, a novel dealing with the alienation of American youth in the 1960's. He received his ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath in 1955 and studied at the Academy for Higher Learning and Research (Bet Medrash Elyon) in Monsey, NY. The research and writing in preparation for this book occupied him for a period of eight years."

My thoughts -

1) If you want to read something that delves into such depth on a scholarly topic, make sure you're reading something by a scholar, not a pastor or rabbi. I've made this mistake before, realized I was reading things that were incorrect and had to buy another book.
Furthermore, any rabbi or pastor probably has a slanted viewpoint. They believe they are right, and want the rest of the world to believe it. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't make for objective writing. Scholars, writing things other scholars will read, and with a reputation to uphold, have incentive to be objective. (Like a paycheck!) :)

2. I don't know how it boils down to the sects, but I'm skeptical of this 'the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed because of Bet Shammai's hatred of the Gentile world.' The Temple was destroyed because the Jews revolted against their Roman oppressors. The Romans laid siege to the city and eventually torched the Temple, among other things. (You can still see the fallen stones in the ruins.) Were the oppressors among 'the Gentile world?' Yes. Did they go to war with them because they hated Gentiles? No. They were oppressing them. People were getting taxed off their land. Banditry increased because those people had few options. General unrest increased over decades, culminating in the Jewish revolt.

'The Pharisees of Bet Shammai controlled Jewish life and thought during the first century.' - Like I said, I don't know a ton about the sects. Shammai was more strict and legalistic, Hillel more moderate. From everything I've read, Hillel was more mainstream. The balance may be more in the middle than I realize, but I'm very skeptical of anything claiming that Shammai controlled their life and thought. (At times, though, it would have been nice if they did, since they protected women etc. more by their increased focus on the family.) If you look at the Mishnah, Jewish law written down around 200 AD, you'll see that a lot of it says, 'Shammai says,' and 'Hillel says,' about any given issue. If Shammai controlled it so much, why is Hillel quoted so frequently?

If you really want to learn more about this type of thing, I suggest buying a book from someone with objective credentials - not seminary or rabbinic degrees.

Just my thoughts.
The most controversial NT passages Explained!!!  Oct 11, 2007
This book, written by Rabbi Harvey Falk, is a MUST HAVE for EVERYONE, whether believer or skeptic! The most controversial passages recorded in the NT are put into 1st century perspective.

Although I disagree with the rabbis perspective in the book that Yeshua and Saul came to bring a message of only the Noahide commandments to the Gentile world, the documentation presented is definitely worth the $$$ value being asked for this research.

Without this authors explanation regarding the "satanic passages" mentioned in the NT, Christians, Nazarenes and Jews will not be able to grasp Yeshua's most shocking statements!

Finally a perspective that holds water  Apr 5, 2006
Written by an orthodox Rabbi building on the framework of the renouned 18thC. Rav Jacob Emden, the basic idea is that the "Jesus" movement, which seems to have trained Jewish missionaries to convert Gentiles into "Petrine" Noahides (mind-blowing news about Saint Peter in this book) in anticipation of the destruction of the Temple and comming Jewish exile among the nations, operated fully within the orthodox Jewish framework, as a branch or offshoot of the "Elijahistic" Essene Hasidim. The good-guys are Hillelite orthodox & ultra-orthodox Jews, the bad-guys are Romanized Temple Sadducees (not to be confused with Essene Zadokites), and die-hard political Shammite Zealots (who even disputed their venerable teacher!) -whose halakhah was ruled out by heavenly decree and majority. Intruiging notes on the distinction of different people called Yeshu in Jewish writings leave one begging more questions. Packed with solid references from Jewish literature in their contexts, and a jolly good read all the way. Buy one for you and some for your friends. Well worth the money and you won't regret a penny.
Excellent  Sep 6, 2004
Rabbi Falk has done a wonderful job of explaining the Jewishness of Jesus, as well as elucidating Mankind's Universal Laws that Jewish tradition teaches govern all non-Jews. It makes total sense that Jesus, who came first to the Jews, would then want the universal laws of God spread throughout the rest of mankind. This book is a blessing for Jews and Christians and all people who want a better understanding of the first century C.E. (A.D.) and the all-inclusive holy teachings for all human beings. For further reading, I highly recommend Michael Dallen's book "The Rainbow Covenant."

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