Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jesus and the Temple - The Expository Times Review

Paul Foster's review of my new book Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context succinctly re-presents the central thesis of this study: that Jesus' “understanding of the eschatological endpoint of the Torah is not exact observance, but radical reformulation that realigns it with God’s purposes in creation.”

Foster concludes: “Joseph presents a radical Jesus, who had a more wide-ranging programme of reforming Jewish religion than simply that of calling people back to wholehearted obedience. The ideas presented in this study are likely to generate significant discussion. Joseph presents a new way of understanding Jesus witihin Judaism, but which also means the divergence from normative Judaism found in early Christianity in fact is closely aligned with Jesus’ own critique of the parent religion.”

The full review can be found in the most recent issue of The Expository Times (“Why Did Jesus Die?,” 127 [2016], 509-10).