“If we don’t understand the Judaism of Jesus’ time, how can we understand him and his message?”
Second Temple Judaism
“If to get a good message you need to make Judaism look bad, then you don’t have a good message.”
The religious world we know was formed between 250 and 50 B.C.E.
Samuel Adams's book is important on two counts: he focuses on the once-neglected period of the Second Temple, and he asks economic questions rather than theological-spiritual ones.
Chris Keith sets out to answer two questions. What lay at the heart of the conflict between Jesus and some of the religious authorities of his day? And how, if at all, did Jesus read Israel’s scriptures?