Meet The Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus, Dr. Brad H. Young. What does Jesus' Sermon on the Mount have in common with the ancient literature of the Jewish rabbis? Much more than most Jewish and Christian people often realize! Jesus was addressed as rabbi, as were the most devout teachers in the synagogues of his day. Despite the common values and Scriptures shared by these two great religions, many Christians have little knowledge of the great Jewish rabbis who wrote from the time of Jesus and the writing of the New Testament in the first centrury to the completion of the Talmud in the seventh century. Young believes this ignorance of the important literature and religious leaders of that period has caused an unnecessary division between the adherents of both religions. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 2007. 265 p, pb) $16.95.
Jesus the Jewish Theologian, Dr. Brad H. Young. Establishing Jesus firmly withing the context of first-century Judaism, Jesus the Jewish Theologian shows how understanding Jesus' Jewishness is crucial for interpreting the New Testament and for understanding the nature of Christian faith. Insights from Jewish literature, archeology, and tradition help modern readers place Jesus withing his original context. Particular attention is given to the Jewsh roots of Jesus' teaching concerning the kingdom of God. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1995. 308 p, pb) $19.95
Paul the Jewish Theologian, Dr. Brad H. Young. Paul the Jewish Theologian reveals Saul of Tarsus as a man who, though rejected in the synagogue, never truly left Judaism. Author Young disagrees with long held notions that Hellenism was the context which most influenced Paul's communication of the Gospel. This skewed notion has led to widely divergent interpretations of Paul's writings. Only in rightly aligning Paul as rooted in his Jewishness and training as a Pharisee can he be correctly interpreted. Young asserts that Paul's view of the Torah was always positive, and he separates Jesus' mission among the Jews from Paul's call to the Gentiles. (Hedrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1997. 164 p, pb) $12.95.
The Jewish Background to the Lord's Prayer, Dr. Brad H. Young. Today, a new generation of disciples is learning, as did the disciples of old, the necessity and the power of prayer. We struggle with prayer, as did they. We, too, ask, "Lord, teach us to pray." Can the time-worn and perhaps overly-familiar words of the "Lord's Prayer" be more than a kind of spiritual pacifier for us today? Are there hidden in these simple words concepts that can stimulate and challenge us? Happily, the answer to both questions is yes, as the reader of this booklet by Brad Young will discover. (Gospel Research Foundation, Tulsa, OK 1999) $7.95 Also see article on the Lord's Prayer at Jerusalem Perspective.
Jesus and His Jewish Parables, Dr. Brad H. Young. This work presents a fresh approach to the gospel parables and their rabbinic counterparts. Dr. Young demonstrates that the parables must be studied as a unique genre of teaching which is preserved only in rabbinic literature and in the gospels. He sets out to show a very close association between the teachings of Jesus and early Jewish pedagogical methods.
In a radical new conclusion, Young maintains that the kingdom of heaven theme-so essential for a proper understanding of Jesus' message-is not an eschatological concept designed to forewarn of imminent catastrophe but rather a technical term Jesus employed to speak of God's reign as a present reality among those who have accepted the call to obey the divine will. (Gospel Research Foundation, Tulsa, OK, 1999. 365p, pb) $21.95.
The Parables, Dr. Brad H. Young. Fully one-third of Jesus' words in the Synoptic Gospels occur in parables. It could be said that knowing the parables is essential for understanding the person of Christ. In his newest work on the parables, The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation, Brad displays his unique perspective as a scholar steeped in both Jewish and Christian studies. While parables have timeless messages, reinterpretations in new contexts throughout the centuries have distorted the original meanings and undermined the essence of what Jesus intended for his initial listeners. Brad examines the parables that best illustrate the parallels between Rabbinic and Gospel parables. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1998. 330 p, pb) $24.95.
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