Named a Sejong Book of 2021, Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA)
2020 Center for Biblical Studies Book Award (New Testament Runner-Up)
"Utterly fresh and innovative, important both exegetically and ethically."--Paula Fredriksen, Review of Biblical Literature
Although most people acknowledge that Jesus was a first-century Jew, interpreters of the Gospels often present him as opposed to Jewish law and customs--especially when considering his numerous encounters with the ritually impure. Matthew Thiessen corrects this popular misconception by placing Jesus within the Judaism of his day. Thiessen demonstrates that the Gospel writers depict Jesus opposing ritual impurity itself, not the Jewish ritual purity system or the Jewish law. This fresh interpretation of significant passages from the Gospels shows that throughout his life, Jesus destroys forces of death and impurity while upholding the Jewish law.
About the Author
Matthew Thiessen (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of religious studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of Contesting Conversion: Genealogy, Circumcision, and Identity in Ancient Judaism and Christianity (awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise) and Paul and the Gentile Problem. He is also the coeditor of several volumes.