Fortress Press

Jesus and Judaism

Jesus and Judaism

E. P. Sanders (Author)


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This work takes up two related questions with regard to Jesus: his intention and his relationship to his contemporaries in Judaism. These questions immediately lead to two others: the reason for his death (did his intention involve an opposition to Judaism which led to death?) and the motivating force behind the rise of Christianity (did the split between the Christian movement and Judaism originate in opposition during Jesus' lifetime?).
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800620615
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5
  • Pages 448
  • Publication Date May 1, 1985


"I would be surprised if Jesus and Judaism does not turn out to be the most significant book of the decade in its field."
--John Koenig
The New York Times

"What Sanders offers is good history –clearly stated hypotheses, expressed presuppositions, critically considered evidence, prudent and plausible conclusions . . . . Jesus and Judaism is a milestone study."
--Paula Fredriksen
The New Republic

"The greatest value of Jesus and Judaism is that it embodies a generation's desire to avoid exaggerations from right or left, to stop portraying Jesus as a predecessor of Martin Heidegger or Nicaragua's President, Daniel Ortega, and to try to understand what he meant to say and accomplish."
--John P. Meier
The New York Times Book Review