Jesus the Jew

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Jesus the Jew
Jesus the Jew (Geza Vermes book).jpg
AuthorGeza Vermes
Publication date
Pages286 pp.

Jesus the Jew: A historian's reading of the Gospels (1973) is a book by Géza Vermes, who was a Reader in Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford when it was written. It was originally published by Collins in London.

Review citations and excerpts[edit]

"Fortress picked this book up from the dying Collins firm; it has a 1973 publication date in England. The author has written on the Dead Sea Scrolls, but in this book his main interest is to give a Jewish Portrait of Jesus in his environment. Elaborate reference materials at the back of the book reinforce his arguments and lead readers beyond his significant beginnings. His Jesus is a very recognizable zaddik, a just man, a teacher, an exemplar."

  • Review: CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries May 1979, page 406
  • Review: CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries October 1974, page 1157
  • Review: Library Journal, January 1, 1979, volume 104, page 116
  • Review: Library Journal, July 1974, page 1832
  • Review: Interpretation April 1976, page 206
  • Review: The Journal of Religion January 1976, page 134
  • Review: Commonweal, December 6, 1974, page 244
  • Review: America, July 27, 1974, page 38
  • Review: The Christian Century June 5, 1974, page 620

"Already regarded as a turn-in-the-road book, this historical study eschews most theological elements and jolts Christian readers into relocating Jesus in his original Jewish environment. Positive thinking about an often forgotten context; readable by nonspecialists."