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June 18, 2014

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Hmm. I always found Neusner really convincing, but this isn't the book I'd have picked; I'd probably have suggested The Way of Torah (I think that's what it's called).

To me the reason to pick Matthew to focus on is that Matthew seems written as if it's specifically directed at Jews. I also think that if you're not trained in a Christian setting, it's hard to know how to resolve the discrepancies / conflicts in the Gospels.

Lapsed Catholic here, now going to church with Protestants, but not necessarily for theological reasons. My doctoral advisor is Jewish, and when house-sitting for her, I read a whole slew of her books on Judaism. Also, I read the Rabbi Small books the summer before I went to college. Oh, and I'm now a historian of religion, among other things. All of this is a long introduction to say that I am loving this whole series of posts. It is terrific to read your thoughts on these topics.

Hi,
Thanks so much for sharing all this with us! I asked about your journey because I chatted with some students about theirs on the way home from a conference -- it's not a normal topic with students.

I'm intrigued by the fact that so much of what you were given is based on practice rather than belief system. The Episcopal church, which is what I currently attend, also emphasizes practice over belief, I think. The students were talking about struggles with beliefs in the Catholic church, which is ultra-conservative in our town. But they missed the practice. Hmm....

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