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By Jacob Neusner

Placing himself in the context of the Gospel of Matthew, Neusner imagines himself in a discussion with Jesus of Nazareth and can pay him the best Judaic gesture of admire: creating a reference to him via a decent debate in regards to the nature of God's One fact. Neusner explains why the Sermon at the Mount do not have confident him to persist with Jesus and why, through the criterion of the Torah of Moses, he may have persevered to keep on with the lessons of Moses. He explores the explanations Christians think in Jesus Christ and the dominion of Heaven, whereas Jews proceed to think within the Torah of Moses and a country of clergymen and holy humans in the world. This revised and extended version, with a foreword by means of Donald Akenson, creates a considerate and obtainable context for dialogue of the main basic query of why Christians and Jews think what they believe.

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I do not think a non-Christian can pay to him whom Christians know as Christ a more sincere tribute than a good, solid argument. So much for the how of argument. But why compose such an argument? What makes it urgent at just this time, at the turn of the second millennium? For two thousand years people on either side more or less ignored the other. Judaism took for granted that Christianity never made a difference to the Torah. Christianity represented Judaism in so repulsive a form that, in all honesty, why should any honorable person have wanted to conduct a dialogue with that religion?

So let me join the argument on those specific matters that address my life and world, framed at Sinai. When we first hear from Jesus, rather than merely about him, he is telling people about God's kingdom. This for me is a homely concern, one that the Torah has made mine too. When I accept the yoke of the commandments of the Torah and do them, I accept God's rule. I live in the kingdom of God, which is to say, in the dominion of Heaven, here on earth. That is what it means to live a holy life: to live by the will of God in the here and now.

I do not think a non-Christian can pay to him whom Christians know as Christ a more sincere tribute than a good, solid argument. So much for the how of argument. But why compose such an argument? What makes it urgent at just this time, at the turn of the second millennium? For two thousand years people on either side more or less ignored the other. Judaism took for granted that Christianity never made a difference to the Torah. Christianity represented Judaism in so repulsive a form that, in all honesty, why should any honorable person have wanted to conduct a dialogue with that religion?

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