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The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us

Nov. 8, 2011—By Douglas Knight and Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2011). Passed down for generations, compiled between 500 and 100 BCE, and finalized around the time of Jesus, the various accounts in the Hebrew Bible took shape under a variety of cultures. Knight and Levine explore this diverse history and equip us with the critical tools necessary to understand what the ancient texts originally meant.

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The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Jul. 26, 2011—Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler. (Oxford University Press, 2011). Although major New Testament figures were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew--until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences, and explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years.

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The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Nov. 20, 2007—By Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2007). Amy-Jill Levine helps Christians and Jews understand the "Jewishness" of Jesus so that their appreciation of him deepens and a greater interfaith dialogue can take place. Levine's humor and informed truth-telling provokes honest conversation and debate about how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus, the New Testament, and each other.

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