Shmuley Boteach has ventured bravely into an area that most Jews prefer to avoid. He argues that “Jesus was a wise learned rabbi who despised the Romans…worked to rekindle Jewish observance of every aspect of the Torah…was willing to die to end Roman dominion and renew Jewish sovereignty in ancient Israel.”
Kosher Jesus is a project of more than six years of research and writing. The book seeks to offer to Jews and Christians the real story of Jesus, a wholly observant, Pharisaic Rabbi who fought Roman paganism and oppression and was killed for it. Boteach has the noble goal of improving the relationship between Christians and Jews because as he says “Christians are our best friends today. There has to be a discussion of the theology. You can’t have this 600-pound gorilla in the room and just ignore it.” “My book says we Jews and Christians understand Jesus in very different ways, and that’s OK,” says Boteach, but now, let’s have a conversation.”
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is an American Orthodox rabbi, author, TV host and public speaker. His 27 books have been best-sellers all over the world and have been translated into 18 languages. Rabbi Shmuley appears on TV, radio, and in print all over the world. He was named one of the 50 most influential rabbis in the United States three years in a row.
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