Monday, January 30, 2012

Vanderbilt scholar Amy-Jill Levine stresses Jewish roots of the New Testament

Sometime in the next few weeks, Rabbi Kliel Rose of West End Synagogue in Nashville hopes to pick up a copy of the New Testament and learn a little more about Jesus.

Rose, like many Jews, has viewed the Christian Scriptures with some suspicion in the past. The New Testament is not always flattering to Jews, and it has been used in unwelcome attempts at conversion.

He hopes the new Jewish Annotated New Testament will make his task a bit more enjoyable.

“For so long we’ve been told that this is not a safe text, that it is a perversion of Torah,” Rose said. “This allows us to look at this as a body of literature without any fear that it will try to convert us.”

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