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The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Second Edition

Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

Publication Date - September 2017

ISBN: 9780190461850

856 pages
Hardcover
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

Description

First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringing the New Testament's Jewish background to the attention of students, clergy, and general readers. In this new edition, eighty Jewish scholars bring together unparalleled scholarship to shed new light on the text. This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded second edition brings even more helpful information and new insights to the study of the New Testament.

· Introductions to each New Testament book, containing guidance for reading and specific information about how the book relates to the Judaism of the period, have been revised and augmented, and in some cases newly written.

· Annotations on the text--some revised, some new to this edition--provide verse-by-verse commentary.

· The thirty essays from the first edition are thoroughly updated, and there are twenty-four new essays, on topics such as "Mary in Jewish Tradition," "Christology," and "Messianic Judaism."

· For Christian readers The Jewish Annotated New Testament offers a window into the first-century world of Judaism from which the New Testament springs. There are explanations of Jewish concepts such as food laws and rabbinic argumentation. It also provides a much-needed corrective to many centuries of Christian misunderstandings of the Jewish religion.

· For Jewish readers, this volume provides the chance to encounter the New Testament--a text of vast importance in Western European and American culture--with no religious agenda and with guidance from Jewish experts in theology, history, and Jewish and Christian thought. It also explains Christian practices, such as the Eucharist.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition is an essential volume that places the New Testament writings in a context that will enlighten readers of any faith or none.

New to this Edition

  • New section introductions to the Gospels and Acts, and to the Epistles and Revelation
  • Four New Testament books with completely new annotations
  • 25 new essays beyond those revised from the first edition
  • All first edition annotations and essays fully revised

Features

  • Introductions to each New Testament book, containing guidance for reading and specific information about how the book relates to the Judaism of the period, have been revised and augmented, and in some cases newly written.
  • Annotations on the text - some revised, some new to this edition - provide verse-by-verse commentary.
  • The thirty essays from the first edition are thoroughly updated, and there are twenty-four new essays, on topics such as "Mary in Jewish Tradition," "Christology," and "Messianic Judaism."
  • For Christian readers The Jewish Annotated New Testament offers a window into the first-century world of Judaism from which the New Testament springs. There are explanations of Jewish concepts such as food laws and rabbinic argumentation. It also provides a much-needed corrective to many centuries of Christian misunderstandings of the Jewish religion.
  • For Jewish readers, this volume provides the chance to encounter the New Testament - a text of vast importance in Western European and American culture - with no religious agenda and with guidance from Jewish experts in theology, history, and Jewish and Christian thought. It also explains Christian practices, such as the Eucharist.

About the Author(s)

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

Marc Zvi Brettler is Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor in Judaic Studies at Duke University.

Reviews

"This annotated version of their New Testament forces Christian readers to rethink some of their perceptions about New Testament texts, together with their presuppositions and prejudices. All those who teach the New Testament and who preach from its pages would do well to ponder Amy-Jill Levine's survey, Bearing False Witness: Common Errors Made about Early Judaism." -- Christoph Stenschke, Neotestamentica

"Any reader who wishes to study the text of the New Testament from a scholarly perspective will find plenty of engaging, illuminating readings guaranteed to make it worth their while Highly recommended."--Jenny Webb, Association for Mormon Letters

Praise for the first edition: "A magnificent achievement... The Jewish Annotated New Testament is a marvelously bounteous compilation." -- Commonweal

"An admirable piece of scholarship... Much contemporary writing on Scripture is faddish or tendentious. This book is a disciplined work of clarification and illumination." -- Marilynne Robinson, Wall Street Journal

"To see the fruits of the ongoing interchange between Jewish and Christian biblical scholars, one need look no further than this volume...this volume shows how the deepening knowledge of late antique Judaism enriches one's view of the New Testament."--CHOICE

"A vivid and thick description of issues, practices, ideas, and events of the Second Temple period, with the Gospels in particular looking more and more like extensions of Jewish life and textuality. The result is a bridge of connection between the cultures, almost to the point of losing sight of the chasms of (mis)understanding that have divided them for centuries." --Common Knowledge

"This unique groundbreaking reference book fills a needed void...A must purchase for any school, synagogue, or university library."--Association of Jewish Libraries

"This new commentary on the New Testament certainly adds an important voice to modern NT commentary and is essential reading not only for biblical scholars but seminarians and preachers."--Catholic Books Review

"A monument to past achievements in New Testament scholarship and a beacon for future study...The Annotated Jewish New Testament should be either a primary text or required accompanying work in every seminary and upper-division course in New Testament and should leave its mark on all preaching."--America

"This comprehensive volume provides a more critical and in-depth look at the Jewish context of the NT for both scholars and laypeople."--Religious Studies Review

"The Jewish Annotated New Testament makes a wonderful contribution to Jewish appreciation of the New Testament, on the one hand, and Christian appreciation of the Jewish dimension of New Testament literature, Jesus, and his disciples, on the other...We owe [the editors and their many contributors] our thanks for putting together such a useful and positive contribution to New Testament interpretation and to much better, more accurate, and fairer Jewish and Christian understanding. I recommend this book enthusiastically and without reservation."--Craig A. Evans, Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting

"An historic volume of extraordinary scholarship that can transform Christian-Jewish relations. . . . A must-read for both clergy and laity. . . . A significant achievement."--Rabbi A. James Rudin, Senior Interreligious Advisor, The American Jewish Committee

"This exciting collection by leading Jewish scholars not only annotates the New Testament but also brings out its themes, context, and interpretation over the centuries. Essential for libraries of scholars in Christian-Jewish studies, academic institutions offering degrees in theology, and dialogue groups at all levels."--Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, Distinguished Professor of Catholic-Jewish Studies, Saint Leo University; Former Associate Director, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

"One volume must find its way to seminarians, preachers, and other students of Scripture: The Jewish Annotated New Testament. With insightful essays and page-by-page notes and sidebars on each book, this volume fills a huge gap in the world of biblical interpretation, providing an accessible guide to how this most Jewish document from antiquity is understood by Jewish scholars today."--The Rev. William Brosend, School of Theology, Sewanee, TN and Executive Director, Episcopal Preaching Foundation

Table of Contents

    The New Testament

    Gospels and Acts - Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

    The Gospel According to Matthew - Introduction and Annotations by Aaron M. Gale
    The Gospel According to Mark - Introduction and Annotations by Lawrence M. Wills
    The Gospel According to Luke - Introduction and Annotations by Amy-Jill Levine
    The Gospel According to John - Introduction and Annotations by Adele Reinhartz
    The Acts of the Apostles - Introduction and Annotations by Gary Gilbert

    Epistles and Revelation - Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

    The Letter of Paul to the Romans - Introduction and Annotations by Mark D. Nanos
    The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians - Introduction and Annotations by Shira Lander
    The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians - Introduction and Annotations by Alan J. Avery-Peck
    The Letter of Paul to the Galatians - Introduction and Annotations by Shaye J.D. Cohen
    The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians - Introduction and Annotations by David Kraemer
    The Letter of Paul to the Philippians - Introduction and Annotations by Michael Cook
    The Letter of Paul to the Colossians - Introduction and Annotations by Peter Zaas
    The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians - Introduction and Annotations by David Fox Sandmel
    The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians - Introduction and Annotations by Adam Gregerman
    The First Letter of Paul to Timothy - Introduction and Annotations by Naomi Koltun-Fromm
    The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy - Introduction and Annotations by Alejandro F. Botta
    The Letter of Paul to Titus - Introduction and Annotations by Jennifer L. Koosed
    The Letter of Paul to Philemon - Introduction and Annotations by Barbara Geller
    The Letter to the Hebrews - Introduction and Annotations by Pamela Eisenbaum
    The Letter of James - Introduction and Annotations by Herbert Basser
    The First Letter of Peter - Introduction and Annotations by Marcie Lenk
    The Second Letter of Peter - Introduction and Annotations by Gila Vachman
    The First Letter of John - Introduction and Annotations by Michele Murray
    The Second Letter of John - Introduction and Annotations by Julie Galambush
    The Third Letter of John - Introduction and Annotations by Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus
    The Letter of Jude - Introduction and Annotations by Andrew S. Jacobs
    The Revelation to John - Introduction and Annotations by David Frankfurter

    The Essays

    Introduction to the Essays - Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

    History
    The Greco-Roman Background of the New Testament - Erich S. Gruen
    Jewish History, 331 BCE-135 CE - Martin Goodman
    Revolts against Rome -- Eric M. Orlin

    Society
    Judaism and Jewishness - Shaye J. D. Cohen
    Ioudaios -- Joshua D. Garroway
    Archaeology of the Land of Israel at the Time of Jesus - Jodi Magness
    The Sanhedrin - David Goodblatt
    Jewish Family Life in the First Century CE - Ross S. Kraemer
    Marriage and Divorce - Michael L. Satlow
    Gender - Tal Ilan

    Movements
    Jewish Movements of the New Testament Period - Daniel R. Schwartz
    Pharisees - Lawrence H. Schiffman
    Messianic Movements - David B. Levenson
    The Historical Jesus - Sarah J. Tanzer
    Paul and Judaism - Paula Fredriksen
    Judaizers, Jewish Christians, and Others - Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert

    Jews and Gentiles
    Jewish Views of Gentiles - Meir Ben Shahar
    The Concept of Neighbor in Jewish and Christian Ethics - Michael Fagenblat
    Food and Table Fellowship - David M. Freidenreich
    Birkat ha-Minim: A Jewish Curse of Christians? - Ruth Langer

    Religious Practice
    The Law - Jonathan Klawans
    Sacrifice and the Temple - Naphtali Meshel
    The Synagogue - Lee I. Levine
    Prayer - Avigdor Shinan
    Time, Calendars, and Festivals - Sacha Stern
    Circumcision - Lawrence Hoffman
    Baptism and Eucharist - Isaac W. Oliver
    The Burial of Jesus: Between Texts and Archaeology - Steven Fine

    Religious Belief
    Jewish Miracle Workers and Magic in the Late Second Temple Period - Geza Vermes & Gideon Bohak
    Supernatural Beings - Rebecca Lesses
    Logos, A Jewish Word: John's Prologue as Midrash - Daniel Boyarin
    Afterlife and Resurrection - Martha Himmelfarb

    Literature
    The Canon of the New Testament - Michael R. Greenwald
    The Language of the New Testament and the Translation of the Bible - Naomi Seidman
    The Septuagint - Leonard Greenspoon
    Midrash and Parables - David Stern
    The Dead Sea Scrolls - Menahem Kister
    Philo of Alexandria - David Satran
    Josephus - Jack Pastor
    The New Testament between the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and Rabbinic Literature - Marc Zvi Brettler
    A Jewish Reflection on Christian Claims - Jacob Neusner
    Scripture Fulfillment - Ruth Sheridan

    Responses to the New Testament
    Jewish Responses to Believers in Jesus - Claudia Setzer
    Jesus in Rabbinic Tradition - Burton L. Visotzky
    Jesus in Medieval Jewish Tradition - Martin Lockshin
    Jesus in Modern Jewish Thought - Susannah Heschel
    Paul in Jewish Thought - Daniel R. Langton
    Mary in Jewish Tradition - Daniel J. Lasker
    Jesus and the New Testament in Modern Yiddish and Hebrew Culture - Matthew Hoffman
    The New Testament in the Jewish Arts - Marc Michael Epstein
    Christology - Randi Rashkover
    Messianic Judaism - Yaakov Ariel
    Bearing False Witness: Common Errors Made about Early Judaism - Amy-Jill Levine
    The New Testament and Jewish-Christian Relations - Ed Kessler