This is a comprehensive handbook that serves as an introductionto the Jewish roots of the Christian Faith. It includes Old Testamentbackground, Second Temple Judaism, the life of Jesus, the NewTestament, and the early Jewish followers of Jesus. It is no longer a novelty to say that Jesus was a Jew. In fact, theterm "Jewish roots" has become something of a buzzword inbooks, articles, and especially on the internet. But what does theJewishness of Jesus actually mean, and why is it important? This collection of articles aims to address those questions andserve as a comprehensive yet concise primer on the Jewish rootsof the Christian faith. It consists of thirteen chapters, most of whichare divided into four or five articles. It is in the "handbook" format, meaning that each article is brief but informative. The thirteenchapters are grouped into four major sections: (1) The Soil, (2) TheRoots, (3) The Trunk, and (4) The Branches.
Craig A. Evans, PhD, DHabil, is the Hohn Bisagno Distinguised Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas. He is a frequent contributor to scholarly hournals and the author or editor of over seventy books. Editor resides in Houston, TX. David Mishkin, PhD, serves on the faculty os Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Israel. He is the author of The Wisdon of Alfred Edersheim and Jewish Scholarship on the Ressurrection of Jesus. Editor resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.