A Rabbi Talks with Jesus by Jacob Neusner

By Jacob Neusner

Placing himself in the context of the Gospel of Matthew, Neusner imagines himself in a discussion with Jesus of Nazareth and will pay him the very best Judaic gesture of recognize: creating a reference to him via a good debate in regards to the nature of God's One fact. Neusner explains why the Sermon at the Mount don't have confident him to keep on with Jesus and why, by way of the criterion of the Torah of Moses, he may have persisted to persist with the lessons of Moses. He explores the explanations Christians think in Jesus Christ and the dominion of Heaven, whereas Jews proceed to think within the Torah of Moses and a country of clergymen and holy humans in the world. This revised and accelerated variation, with a foreword by way of Donald Akenson, creates a considerate and available context for dialogue of the main primary query of why Christians and Jews think what they believe.

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And the circumlocution here proves disingenuous. For who does not know that "it was said to the men of old" refers to what God said to Moses at Sinai? Jesus knows that up there on the mountain, and I know it, and everyone around me knows it. For that thing I have heard in fact is what God says to Moses in the Torah: "You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain," and other of the Ten Commandments. So here again, the valid claim to interpret what the Torah says is joined with a puzzling formulation indeed.

For truly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Torah until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. " Matthew 5:17-20 I t would not take a long journey to meet the master. He was everywhere. But to hear the message whole, I had to wait until the day he ascended a mountain and talked there to his disciples, in the hearing of outsiders as well.

Jesus on the mountain addresses not "all Israel," this one and that one, individuals and families. He speaks to our lives, but not to the whole of the world in which we make those lives. For we find ourselves hearing a message for home and hearth, for growing up and growing old - but not for community, state, an ongoing social order, such as eternal Israel comprises in this world. As we shall observe later on, so we notice right at the outset, Jesus sees the poor, the mourners, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers.

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