Arguments over how to observe the Sabbath, boasting of accomplishments in Jewish education. concern over the proper size of tefillin (phylacteries) and tzitziot (prayer fringes), observance of holy days, both minor (Hanukkah) and major (Pesach, Sukkot, Shavuot), collecting funds in the diaspora to send back to Jerusalem, and endless debate about the correct way to be Jewish – it’s all in the New Testament.
Though the future of the Christian movement was gentile its origins, both in Jerusalem and in the Diaspora, were incontrovertibly Jewish. Christian scripture in fact provides historians of religion with some of the best evidence we have from and for the rough-and-tumble days of Judaism in the Late Second Temple period.
In commissioning its most recent edition of THE JEWISH ANNOTATED NEW TESTAMENT, Oxford University Press (2011) has restored this originary historical context for the non-academic reader.
How does this project affect, and refresh, our under-standing of these traditions and texts?
Paula Fredriksen is the Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
She has published on the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity, and on pagan-Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire. The author of From Jesus to Christ (1988); Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (1999); Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (2010); Sin: The Early History of an Idea (2012).
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