The Jewish Gospel of John is not, by any standard, another book on Jesus of Nazareth written from a Jewish perspective. It is an invitation to the listener to put aside their traditional understanding of the Gospel of John and to replace it with another one more faithful to the original text perspective. The Jesus that will emerge will provoke you to rethink most of what you knew about this gospel.
The book is a well-rounded, verse-by-verse rethinking of the fourth gospel. Here is the catch: Instead of treating it as if it was written for 21st-century Gentile Christians, the book interprets it as if it was written for the first-century peoples of ancient Israel.
The book proves what Krister Stendahl stated long time ago: "Our vision is often more abstracted by what we think we know than by our lack of knowledge." Other than challenging the long-held interpretations of well-known stories, the author, with the skill of an experienced tour guide, puts us in the place of those who most probably heard this gospel read in the late first century. Such exploration of a variety of important contexts allows us to recover for our generation the true riches of this marvelous Judean gospel.
©2015 Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg (P)2016 Dr. Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
John in Hebrew is Yochanan or God is gracious".
Is there something about God's grace and the Jews that the New Testament Church has missed for the last 2,000 years? Are these the end times God was referring to when He told Daniel, "...seal the book until the time of the end..."? I think the answer is "yes" and that Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has hit the nail on the head. A great companion book to this is "When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible really says about Israel in the Plan of God", by Joel Richardson.
I would strongly recommend the Audio version of the The Jewish Gospel of John. The author does a fantastic job making his book come alive by reading it himself.
this is one book I think I got more out of it the second time I heard it. I do not agree with everything he says, but I do think he is right on about much of it. for sure he challenges you to think.
The author does a wonderful job of presenting his own work. And fascinating work it is! This will completely refresh and reorient the way you read and understand this Gospel. Completely reverses the grotesque misreadings of John that have too often fueled anti-semitism. In fact, the deeply Jewish concerns and construction of the text are revealed in a very convincing way, including Jesus' passion to see all of Israel unified, with a special concern for Samaria. Frequent references to "the Jews" (in English) are shown to refer to the Judean elites who controlled the Temple snd Jerusalem-based religious practice (as opposed to Samaritan or Galilean Jews). Really compelling, and so refreshing! Has really increased my appreciation for and understanding of the Gospel of John!
retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so
I have a University Degree in Religious Studies, and understood what Mr Eyzenberg was talking about ( anyone who does not have SOME background in RS as an academic discipline I suggest will be totally lost after 4 minutes.....) but even still, this could not keep my interest beyond @5 hours ( and I hate abandoning books). Would have made an interesting 5-10 page article, not a detailed and exhaustive book on his point. Might recommend as a book to be read, but not as an audiobook to try and take in without text
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