Saturday, March 10, 2012

New guide adds Jewish context to New Testament readings

Jesus from the Deesis MosaicJesus from the Deesis Mosaic (Photo credit: jakebouma)
Getting to know Jesus from a Jewish perspective

Jewish culture and Catholocism are closely linked. Yet Catholics have not been challenged to incorporate a Jewish context when reading the New Testament. Michael Swan of the Catholic Register reports that view can change:

Jesus was a Jew. Mary and Joseph were Jews. All 12 apostles were Jews. The first ecumenical council of the Church was held in Jerusalem in about 50 AD and everybody there was Jewish — even if they were there to decide what to do about non-Jewish followers of Jesus.

Very few of the people you meet at Sunday morning Mass are Jewish. Still, all these gentiles who surround us in church want nothing more than to know Jesus better. The Jewish Annotated New Testament is an invitation to do just that — know Jesus better. 

Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.
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