By John P. Meier
John Meier’s past volumes within the acclaimed sequence A Marginal Jew are based upon the idea that whereas sturdy old information regarding Jesus is sort of restricted, humans of alternative faiths can however arrive at a consensus on basic ancient evidence of his lifestyles. during this eagerly expected fourth quantity within the sequence, Meier ways a clean topic—the teachings of the old Jesus bearing on Mosaic legislations and morality—with an analogous rigor, thoroughness, accuracy, and insightfulness on exhibit in his prior works.
After correcting misconceptions approximately Mosaic legislation in Jesus’ time, this quantity addresses the lessons of Jesus on significant criminal themes like divorce, oaths, the Sabbath, purity ideas, and a number of the love commandments within the Gospels. What emerges from Meier’s study is a profile of a sophisticated first-century Palestinian Jew who, faraway from looking to abolish the legislation, was once deeply engaged in debates approximately its observance. merely via embracing this portrait of the historic Jesus grappling with questions of the Torah can we stay away from the typical mistake of creating Christian ethical theology less than the guise of learning “Jesus and the Law,” the writer concludes.
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A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 4: Law and Love: Rethinking the Historical Jesus v. 4 (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by John P. Meier