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By Jacob Neusner

Placing himself in the context of the Gospel of Matthew, Neusner imagines himself in a discussion with Jesus of Nazareth and can pay him the splendid Judaic gesture of recognize: creating a reference to him via a good debate in regards to the nature of God's One fact. Neusner explains why the Sermon at the Mount do not have confident him to stick to Jesus and why, via the criterion of the Torah of Moses, he may have endured to persist with the lessons of Moses. He explores the explanations Christians think in Jesus Christ and the dominion of Heaven, whereas Jews proceed to think within the Torah of Moses and a nation of clergymen and holy humans in the world. This revised and increased variation, with a foreword by means of Donald Akenson, creates a considerate and obtainable context for dialogue of the main primary query of why Christians and Jews think what they believe.

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And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men ... But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matt 6:5-6). Before proceeding, let me digress to respond to these criticisms of public piety. These sayings by themselves contain both valid criticism of an excess of public piety but also a rejection of the life of Israel, the community.

The disciples simply state their own propositions in response to the master's question; the operative verse of Scrip- 42 NOT TO DESTROY VS YOU H A V E HEARD ture, Leviticus 19:18, is not quoted, but it is very present. " Now when I say that the message wins my confidence, but the form is jarring, you understand what I mean. In calling upon the Torah and explaining how a true understanding of its intent requires more than people now understand, Jesus' torah meets that challenge that sages set for themselves, which is not only to receive the Torah, but also to hand it on.

Then we hand on the task to those who come after us. It is what it means to be one in eternal Israel. 17 2 A Practicing Jew in Dialogue with Jesus And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people ... And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.

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