By Amy-Jill Levine

Within the The Misunderstood Jew, pupil Amy-Jill Levine is helping Christians and Jews comprehend the "Jewishness" of Jesus in order that their appreciation of him deepens and a better interfaith discussion can occur. Levine's humor and educated truth-telling provokes sincere dialog and debate approximately how Christians and Jews should still comprehend Jesus, the hot testomony, and every different.

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It is not afraid to depict God as an absent spouse; it raises the question of whether the Torah is really a consolation for the absence of redemption; and in the process of seeming to console Israel for its humiliation among the nations, it winds up kvetching to God. The parable even depicts Israel as a literate woman who may well have found the nations’ invitation to marry one of them appealing. The parable thus leaves readers with a sense of both discomfort and closure: difficult ideas are not repressed but channeled into story.

The term “Antitheses” itself is an unfortunate label that gives the impression of separating Jesus from Jewish tradition, for it suggests that Jesus is antithetical to the Torah. Jesus does not “oppose” the Law; he extends it. Moreover, his attitude toward it is not liberal, but highly conservative. ” No law commands hatred of enemies. ” Granted, there is a compensatory aspect to this bit of wisdom, for the proverb does indicate that those who do behave in such a beneficent manner toward enemies “will heap coals of fire on their heads, and the Lord will reward you” (25:22).

And the good news of the parable continues. By forcing readers to see something positive about the tax collector, it insists that even those who work for the enemy may still be part of the congregation, that even those who exploit members of their own community deserve consideration; perhaps they, like Zacchaeus, are doing the best they can while trapped in an impossible situation. In other words, the parable forces hearers to walk in the shoes of the criminal or the ostracized. At the same time, it requires listeners to assess acts of piety and the value placed on them in any religious setting.

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