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Recognizing the Jewishness of Jesus


Season 1: Episode 14
Recognizing the Jewishness of Jesus
Date Aired: 02/14/2023

It’s easy to read the New Testament and think that Jesus’s ministry and message (“grace, forgiveness, love”) was somehow in stark opposition to Judaism (“the law, justice, purity”). In today’s episode, guest Amy-Jill Levine explains how Jesus’s teachings, actions, and miracles fit squarely within first-century Jewish beliefs and practice and why understanding Jesus’s Jewishness is imperative for healing the centuries-old rift between Jews and Christians.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.