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This bold, fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity challenges both Jews and Christians to re-examine their understanding of Jesus’s commitment to his Jewish faith. Instead of emphasizing the differences between the two religions, this groundbreaking book explains how the concepts of vicarious atonement, mediation, incarnation, and Trinity are actually rooted in classical Judaism.
Jesus, First - Century Rabbi is the winner of the 2015 Rodda Award for excellence in writing and significance in contribution to congregational libraries through promotion of spiritual growth. This award was given by the Church and Synagogue Library Association.
"Zaslow’s Jesus does challenge both fundamental principles and key theological elements of Christianity, it also passionately, devotedly, and lovingly extends an olive branch to Christians. The hope that by highlighting the similarities and common origins of our faiths will draw us closer together into better relationships with shared goals is both welcome and noble. It is certainly a delightful addition to the often-heated discourse surrounding the "historical Jesus," and I would heartily recommend this book to scholars or practitioners of Judaism and Christianity alike. There is something here for everyone to think on, study deeper, and be inspired and changed by." —Amber Stamper, Patheos: Hosting the Conversation on Faith
"This is a beautiful book, and when read as an example of how to see what we love most in ourselves as being deeply present even with others, it deserves the attention of all people whose love of God and humanity is as deep as their love of the particular faith they follow." —Brad Hirschfield, Patheos: Hosting the Conversation on Faith
"As a Christian Priest I cannot recommend this book enough. It is one of the best pieces of interfaith Edifications I have ever had the pleasure to read, and re-read....This book is enlightening, deep, thoughtful and a blessing if read as it was written with a contrite heart, an open spirit and with love."—Rev. Timothy Baker
"Rabbi Zaslow has done a tremendous service to Christians and Jews alike—this book is wonderful! An important contribution to the continuing dialogue and relationship building between these two faith communities. We need to hear more of what brings us together, what we share, not just what sets us apart. Thank you both Rabbi Zaslow and Paraclete for bringing this work to fruition and for creating greater light in our world!" —Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
"This an important book, for Christians and Jews alike. Rabbi Zaslow has tried to stimulate a conversation and build bridges between the two faiths. This is a critically important task, and this book makes that attempt with broad scholarship and great clarity." —Rev. John M. Salmon, Ph. D., Princeton Theological Seminary
"Christian readers will find their faith stirred by reading this book on their own, or as shared reading with Jewish friends. Renewal is coming to faith by learning in the presence of the other... It is as if Jesus has been holding his breath, waiting for this time." —Rev. Dr. Joseph Ward, D.Min., Presbyterian Church USA
"Rabbi Jesus seen in his native setting was a he artful teacher of Jewish lore and morals. Rabbi Zaslow has brought him home to us so that we may hear him among his own contemporaries whom we honor and learn from."—Rabbi Dr. Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Jewish With Feeling and Davening
Rabbi David Zaslow, M.S., is the author of the award- winning book Jesus: First–Century Rabbi (Paraclete Press). He is highly respected for his cutting-edge work bringing Jews and Christians closer together, and leads interfaith workshops through the United States. He has been interviewed by dozens of media outlests, including Fox News with Lauren Green, for his innovative perspectives, and is the spiritual leader of the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland, Oregon.