By Simon Rocker
January 16, 2009
If you enjoyed Howard Jacobson's Channel Four outing on Sunday to reclaim the Jewish Jesus (see his JC article), then why not take a look at Modern Jews Engage the New Testament. Its author, Rabbi Michael Cook, went down well at the recent Limmud conference and his book was one of the best-sellers at the conference bookstore.
Rabbi Cook, professor of Judeo-Christian studies at the Hebrew Union College, the American Reform rabbinic seminary, writes in the introduction: "Although the New Testament has exerted the most harmful impact on the Jewish people's history, Jews have always opted to remain ignorant about it. This is the glaring exception to the time-honoured Jewish approach to problem-solving which is to amass - not shun - knowledge."