A while back, Amazon.com recommended that I read Brad Young’s book, Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teaching of Jesus, and because I didn’t know anything about the rabbis I decided to save it to my Wishlist. A month ago, I finally bought it and I just finished it on vacation to Punta Cana.
The book is structured into 3 main parts:
- Introduction to Rabbinic Thought
- Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
- Introduction to the Rabbis
And here’s a quick list of things that I found interesting and helpful:
- That it’s important to understand the rabbis in order to better understand Jesus- (Young parallels rabbinic thought to Jesus' to illuminate some of his thoughts)
- A good reminder that not all Pharisees are legalistic hypocrites (pg. 7-8)
- The role of the Sanhedrin and the importance of Torah after 70 C.E. (Ch. 4)
- The many parallels between Rabbinic and New Testament (Ch.5)
- The relationship between the Mishnah ,the Talmud (
and Babylonian), and Midrash (Tannaitic and Amoraic) Jerusalem
- An overview of the major rabbinic leaders (Ch.11)
I recommend this book to anyone, who wants to gain a better understand of the rabbis. Also, for a better review check-out Dr. Craig Blomberg’s review.