Jesus the Jewish Theologian

In preparation for Encountering Jesus in and through Matthew, I am reading a great book that reminds us of the fact that Jesus was Jewish, living in a Jewish Country, following Jewish customs.


“Although Jesus was Jewish, his theology is sometimes treated as if he were Christian. But Jesus never attended a church. He never celebrated Christmas. He never wore new clothes on Easter Sunday. His cultural orientation was rooted deeply in the faith experience of his people. His teachings of God’s love and the dignity of each human being were based on the foundations of Jewish religious thought during the Second Temple period. The more we learn about this fascinating period of history, the more we will know about Jesus. Jesus worshipped in the ssynagogue. He celebrated the passover. He ate kosher food. He offered prayers in the temple in Jerusalem. The Jewish religious heritage of Jesus impacted his life in every dimension of his daily experience”.

Brad H. Young in “Jesus The Jewish Theologian”

Leave a Reply