Issues 06:03 The Pharisees

The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus

The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus Donald A. Hagner (Grand Rapids: Academie Books of Zondervan Publishing House 1984) 341 pp. Donald A. Hagner, Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, makes no bones about his “evangelical Christian” orientation. Neither does he claim to be any more objective than the Jewish writers he cites in […]

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Jesus the Pharisee book

Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus

Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus Harvey Falk (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1985), 175 pp. Jesus the Pharisee by Harvey Falk sets a high water mark for ecumenism, having been written by an orthodox rabbi and published by a Catholic publishing house. The book is said to mark “the first attempt […]

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The Pharisees: Bad Guys or…?

It is human nature to want to neatly categorize and label ideas–as well as people! It’s not that we mean any harm by such an exercise; it just seems to make things more manageable, at least in theory, if not in reality. This desire to identify and categorize often results in a “hero and villain” […]

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Painting of Jerusalem at Night

Night in Jerusalem
Author: Jules Tavalin

  A cool canopy stretches the rim of the earth, -from the four corners drive the four winds of heaven; like caravans laden with splendor of Kings they bear perfume, clouds of spice and weave them with the Night in Jerusalem. The hot afternoon has flown, the dusk settles slowly, -dying shades of daylight stain […]

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The Blessed Scarf

It was a little too big for a babushka and a little too small for a waist sash. The dark brown, ancient pattern against the lighter background seemed like something the Turks might have designed. The repeated lines and angular letters looked, at first glance, like the heathenish language. Yet upon closer inspection, the word […]

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