Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature–a New Carta Title!

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Carta continues its line of interesting, creative, and colorful titles that address something that you will be hard pressed to find somewhere else here in this lovely volume. Though only 40 pages, they are 40 large (9 x 12inches) eye-appealing pages. In every case, Carta’s unparalleled Bible atlas resources fill out the work of a text prepared by an accomplished scholar. In this title, Jeffrey Garcia, takes the Gospels and looks for what they reveal about ancient Judaism. Really, it’s a look at how the Gospels and Judaism shed light on each other.

The introductory section covers the journey of scholarship on these issues. He works his way through a succession of what he calls sources for understanding the Gospels including the Hebrew Bible, other Jewish literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, rabbinic literature, and Philo.

Even better is the section that delves into the geography of Israel in the times of the Gospels. The pictures and maps here are superb. From there, he takes us through Jewish political history. Be sure to check out the chart on the family of Herod the Great. Then, as you might have predicted, he looks at Jewish life in those days in a helpful, detailed section that covers several pages.

In the section on Jewish styles of teaching that exams Jesus’ use of parables as well as Halakhah. Along the way, you get a penetrating overview of Jewish methods of Bible interpretation. The final section looks at some unique elements of what Jesus shared with insights from Judaism.

I’ve you’ve had the privilege to use some of these titles from Carta, you know what to expect. Mark this down as another title worthy of the reputation that Carta has developed over the years.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

6 thoughts on “Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature–a New Carta Title!

  1. You _really_ need to provide links to Amazon in your reviews! 😉
    An added benefit is that you could create an Amazon Associate account (easy to do. I’ve done it–never used it, but I’ve done it), and get a tiny, residual income from it. And you would be doing folks a favor all at the same time. 🙂

    Now, this book sounds quite interesting. As I began teaching through the Gospels several years ago, and spent extended time reading them, I began to see how the title of this book seemed to be the most important, overlooked perspective. I’ve longed for something like this. Thanks again for helping empty my pocket 😉

  2. I discovered that the only downside is that it’s only available as a physical book. 😦 Living overseas, this complicates things. Thank goodness I hope to be in the States soon.

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