Jesus Reclaimed: Jewish Perspectives on the Nazarene
By: Walter Homolka (author)Hardback
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After centuries of persecution, oppression, forced migrations, and exclusion in the name of Christ, the development of a Jewish "Quest for the Historical Jesus" might seem unexpected. This book gives an overview and analysis of the various Jewish perspectives on the Nazarene throughout the centuries, emphasizing the variety of German voices in Anglo-American contexts. It explores the reasons for a steady increase in Jewish interest in Jesus since the end of the eighteenth century, arguing that this growth had a strategic goal: the justification of Judaism as a living faith alongside Christianity.
Rabbi Walter Homolka is the rector of the Abraham Geiger College, Germany's first rabbinical seminary after the Holocaust, and a professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the School of Jewish Theology of the University of Potsdam in Germany. Active in Jewish-Christian dialogue, he is author of many books, including The Gate to Perfection: The Idea of Peace in Jewish Thought (Berghahn 1995), Jewish Identity in Modern Times: Leo Baeck and German Protestantism (Berghahn 1995), and co-author with Hans Kung of How to Do Good & Avoid Evil: A Global Ethic from the Sources of Judaism (Skylight Paths, 2009).
Foreword Leonard Swidler Translator's Preface Ingrid Shafer Preface Introduction: The Life of Jesus according to the Sources The Sources The Early Years Public Appearance Jesus's Message Arrest and Trial Death Chapter 1. Jewish Images of Jesus prior to the Early Modern Period Jesus in the Mishnah and Talmud The Toldot Yeshu Rabbinic Polemics against Jesus Christian Talmud Criticism and Censorship Chapter 2. The Historical Jesus since the Early Modern Period Jesus and the Jewish Enlightenment The Christian Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Departure from Dogma The Jewish Quest of the Historical Jesus as Repatriation of Jesus to Judaism The Berlin Anti-Semitism Debate The "Jesus Scandal" around Max Liebermann Leo Baeck and Adolf von Harnack: The Controversy Chapter 3. The Jewish Quest of Jesus From Joseph Klausner to Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Chapter 4. Joseph Ratzinger and the Jewish Jesus That Jesus Was a Jew: A Cultural Coincidence? The "Rabbi Jesus": For Christians Only as Important as Christ? "Reading the Whole Bible in the Light of Christ": Joseph Ratzinger's Hermeneutics Christian Faith and "Historical Reason" Conclusion Bibliography Index
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