The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel

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The Jewish Gospel of John is not, by any standard, another book on Jesus of Nazareth written from a Jewish perspective. It is an invitation to the reader to put aside their traditional understanding of the Gospel of John and to replace it with another one more faithful to the original text perspective. The Jesus that will emerge will provoke to rethink most of what you knew about this gospel. The book is a well-rounded verse-by-verse illustrated rethinking of the fourth gospel. Here is the catch: instead of reading it, as if it was written for 21 century Gentile Christians, the book interprets it as if it was written for the first-century peoples of ancient Israel. The book proves what Krister Stendahl stated long time ago: “Our vision is often more abstracted by what we think we know than by our lack of knowledge.” Other than challenging the long-held interpretations of well-known stories, the author with the skill of an experienced tour guide, takes us to a seat within those who most probably heard this gospel read in the late first century. Such exploration of variety of important contexts allows us to recover for our generation the true riches of this marvelous Judean gospel. 
 
“A genuine apologetic is one that is true to the texts and the history, akin to the speeches of a defense attorney with integrity. Using the best of contemporary scholarship in first-century Judaic history and contributing much of his own, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has demonstrated that the Gospel of John is not an anti-Jewish, but a thoroughly Jewish book.” 
 
Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California, Berkeley 
 
“Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg places the text of John’s Gospel in its authentic context by examining the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, rabbinic literature, and suggesting innovative explanations for the nomenclature, ‘the Jews.’ His fresh analysis is sure to stir meaningful debate. His creative approach will make an enduring contribution to the discipline of New Testament studies.”  
 
Brad Young, Professor of Biblical Literature in Judeao-Christian Studies, Oral Roberts University 
 
“For some time, research on the Gospels has suffered from stagnation, and there is a feeling that there is not much new that one can say. In light of this, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg’s new commentary on the Gospel of John, with its original outlook on the identity of the original audience and the issues at stake, is extremely refreshing.”  
 
Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Head of the Talmud and Late Antiquity Department, Tel-Aviv University.

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"A genuine apologetic is one that is true to the texts and the history, akin to the speeches of a defense attorney with integrity. Using the best of contemporary scholarship in first-century Judaic history and contributing much of his own, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has demonstrated that the Gospel of John is not an anti-Jewish, but a thoroughly Jewish book." Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture University of California, Berkeley "Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has produced an original and thought-provoking work. His book is an interesting effort to view this gospel as reflecting north-Israelite and Samaritan viewpoints. This study brings with it a fresh interpretive air and new light to a challenging field." Israel Knohl, Yehezkel Kaufmann Professor of Biblical studies The Hebrew University of Jerusalem "Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg places the text of John's Gospel in its authentic context by examining the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, rabbinic literature, and suggesting innovative explanations for the nomenclature, 'the Jews.' His fresh analysis is sure to stir meaningful debate. His creative approach will make an enduring contribution to the discipline of New Testament studies." Brad Young, Professor of Biblical Literature in Judeao-Christian Studies Oral Roberts University "The Gospel of John is arguably one of the most powerful and also most problematic texts of the New Testament. The new book by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, The Jewish Gospel of John, challenges us to rethink our routinely upheld conventions concerning this Gospel's role in the so-called parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity." Serge Ruzer, Professor of Comparative Religion and Syriac Christianity The Hebrew University of Jerusalem "This is a refreshing and creative reading of the Gospel of John, focusing on its milieu of composition. Whether or not readers agree with the author on everything, they will undoubtedly be stimulated, even provoked, to think again about this Gospel and what it means for understanding the Jew Jesus and his message." David Neuhaus, S.J., Latin Patriarchal Vicar Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel "For some time, research on the Gospels has suffered from stagnation, and there is a feeling that there is not much new that one can say. In light of this, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg's new commentary on the Gospel of John, with its original outlook on the identity of the original audience and the issues at stake, is extremely refreshing." Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Associate Professor of Talmudic Culture Tel-Aviv University "Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has given us an exciting and challenging opportunity to understand John's Gospel within its Jewish environment. It is a significant achievement to make accessible, in a popular and readable way, how John sees Jesus, Messiah and King of Israel, within the Judaism(s) of his day. Drawing from a wealth of scholarship, the author has produced an excellent study. The Jewish Gospel of John will give you a greater love for the King of Israel and his people, and will transform your own understanding of the meaning of this wonderful Gospel for today." Richard Harvey The Author of Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology "In this book Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg presents a new and innovative reading of the Gospel of John, based on the hypothesis that the book is a Jewish/Judean text written to persuade 'all of Israel' to join under one Messianic King: Jesus. The careful reader, both academic and lay, who seeks a historical understanding of John's Gospel without having to sacrifice its contemporary religious importance, will find this book both stimulating and thought-provoking." Anders Runesson, Professor of New Testament University of Oslo

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