ARYEH KAPLAN THE REAL MESSIAH PDF

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Shelves: religion I'm reading this book as someone who is post-religious but with a graduate degree in Christian theology. Too often, the hegemonic position of Christianity in society and discourse means that Christians speak for other viewpoints, concoct straw man arguments, or employ appointed representatives of the "other" rather than actually listening to others articulate their own viewpoint.

And, as shocking as it may be to some Christians, Jewish texts make plenty of sense without a Christian I'm reading this book as someone who is post-religious but with a graduate degree in Christian theology.

And, as shocking as it may be to some Christians, Jewish texts make plenty of sense without a Christian interpretation glossed over them. In fact, Rabbi Kaplan ably points out the many ways Christian hermeneutics twist these texts to try to fit the biography of Jesus, who doesn't at all fulfill the Jewish conception of Messiah.

I appreciated Kaplan's supposition that this is perhaps why the early church rather quickly moved to the non-Jewish world and had more success there, since non-Jews had little conception of what the Messiah should be. There are some minor quibbles with the text, and it's not meant to be an academic read, but this does not affect the substance of the arguments.

Although, to be fair, the concept of the Trinity is a notorious pickle! Some of the text's arguments are quite essential. Beyond differing over whether Jesus was the Messiah or not, Jewish and Christian theologies also differ on the essential nature of humanity original sin and God the unity of God. The chapter "Ecumenicism and Dialogue C. But it also turns on its head an argument I had always heard growing up as an evangelical Christian. I had always been told to believe in Jesus because the disciples, who had seen Jesus firsthand, believed in Jesus and were willing to give their lives as martyrs for what they witnessed.

This chapter makes the point that all the rest of the Jews alive at that time and in that place also saw Jesus and did not believe he was the Messiah, so shouldn't their credibility count even more so?

I will say that the chapter, "Behold the Man: The Real Jesus," misquotes one verse John and takes another verse entirely out of context Luke , where he puts the words of a king in a parable in the mouth of Jesus, a gross misreading of the text. He also only quotes the King James Version of the New Testament, which is not only a poor translation of the original Greek but is also based upon an impoverished set of original manuscripts.

In sum, this book is an important counterpoint to the theological anti-Semitism that assumes Christians know better how to interpret the Torah than Jews do, or that it is "spiritual hard-heartedness" that keeps Jews from believing in Jesus rather than it simply being Jews holding to the integrity of their own religious system. Christians are obviously free to believe what they want, but the supercessionism or sense of being superior to Judaism must be avoided at all times, and all the more so in this era where such thought could feed into dangerous ideologies.

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