Meet The Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus
What does Jesus' Sermon on the Mount have in common with the ancient literature of the Jewish rabbis? Much more than most Jewish and Christian people often realize! Jesus was addressed as a rabbi, as were the most devout teachers in the synagogues of his day. Despite the common values and Scriptures shared by these two great religions, many Christians have little knowledge of the great Jewish rabbis who wrote from the time of Jesus and the writing of the New Testament in the first century to the completion of the Talmud in the seventh century. Young believes this ignorance of the important literature and religious leaders of that period has caused an unnecessary division between the adherents of both religions. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 2007. 265 p, pb) $16.95.
Jesus the Jewish Theologian
Establishing Jesus firmly within the context of first-century Judaism, Jesus the Jewish Theologian shows how understanding Jesus' Jewishness is crucial for interpreting the New Testament and for understanding the nature of Christian faith. Insights from Jewish literature, archaeology, and tradition help modern readers place Jesus within his original context. Dr. Young emphasizes the Jewish roots of Jesus' teaching concerning the Kingdom of God. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1995. 308 p, pb) $19.95.
Excerpts from Dr. Young's book, "Jesus the Jewish Theologian":
- Chapter 6: "The Kingdom Suffers Violence..." or "The Kingdom Breaks Forth..."?
- Chapter 15: The Old Wine is Better!
Since one-third of Jesus' words in the Synoptic Gospels occur in parables, knowing the parables is essential for understanding the person of Christ. In his newest work on the parables, The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation, Dr. Young displays his unique perspective as a scholar steeped in both Jewish and Christian studies. While parables have timeless messages, reinterpretations in new contexts throughout the centuries have distorted the original meanings and undermined the essence of what Jesus intended for his initial listeners. Dr. Young examines the parables that best illustrate the parallels between Rabbinic and Gospel parables. (Hendrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1998. 330 p, pb) $24.95.
The Jewish Background to the Lord's Prayer
Today, a new generation of disciples is learning, as did the disciples of old, the necessity and power of prayer. We struggle with prayer, as did they. We, too, ask, "Lord, teach us to pray." Can the time-worn and perhaps overly-familiar words of the "Lord's Prayer" be more than a kind of spiritual pacifier for us today? Are there hidden in these simple words concepts that can stimulate and challenge us? Happily, the answer to both questions is yes, as the reader of this booklet by Dr. Young will discover. (Gospel Research Foundation, Tulsa, OK 1999) $7.95 Also see the article on the Lord's Prayer at Jerusalem Perspective.
Jesus and His Jewish Parables
In a fresh approach to the gospel parables and their rabbinic counterparts, Dr. Young demonstrates that readers of the parables must study them as a unique genre of teaching in rabbinic literature and the gospels. He sets out to show a very close association between the teachings of Jesus and early Jewish pedagogical methods.
In a radical new conclusion, Dr. Young maintains that the kingdom of heaven theme, so essential for a proper understanding of Jesus' message, is not an eschatological concept designed to forewarn of imminent catastrophe. Dr. Young shows Jesus used "the kingdom of heaven" to speak of God's reign as a present reality among those who have accepted the call to obey the divine will. (Gospel Research Foundation, Tulsa, OK, 1999. 365p, pb) $21.95.
Paul the Jewish Theologian
Born Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul grew up Jewish and was trained in Torah. Dr. Young disagrees with long-held notions that Hellenism was the context which most influenced Paul's communication of the Gospel. This skewed perception has led to widely divergent interpretations of Paul's writings. Only in rightly aligning Paul as rooted in his Jewishness and training as a Pharisee can he be correctly interpreted. Even though Jews often rejected Paul's teaching, Dr. Young asserts that Paul's view of the Torah was always positive, and he separates Jesus' mission among the Jews from Paul's call to the Gentiles. (Hedrickson, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1997. 164 p, pb) $12.95.
Excerpts from Dr. Young's book, "Paul the Jewish Theologian":