Of Samaritans, Sadducees and Plato
April 1, 2009

While debating a Reform rabbi on a popular radio talk show, I stated that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the most compelling evidence that He is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. I expected the rabbi to argue that Jesus had not actually risen from the dead, but he surprised […]

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How Jewish Was Paul?
May 4, 2000

A person is either Jewish or not Jewish, and few actually believe that Paul was not. Hyam Maccoby is virtually alone in his opinion that Paul was a gentile. 1 However, if we can speak of the extent to which one demonstrates Jewish identity as that person’s Jewishness,” perhaps it is Paul’s Jewishness that people […]

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Jesus the Pharisee book

Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus
January 1, 1989

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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