I started this blog in April of this year (2010) to give Christians a better understanding of Christianity’s Jewish roots. Recognizing that Jesus was a Jew, as was his entire family, disciples, and early followers, as well as virtually all of the authors of the New Testament, it is axiomatic that one cannot understand Christianity without understanding Judaism.
Initially, to give Christians a better understanding of Judaism, I explained Jewish concepts, such as the Messiah, from a Jewish perspective. Later, I did the same for specific themes, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the trial of Jesus. Beginning today, I embark a new approach: I will provide a verse-by-verse commentary on the New Testament (although from time-to-time, I will continue to post on various interesting topics).
Why have I chosen to go this route? Why do a verse-by-verse commentary?
Virtually all of the study bibles available for Christians are Christian-authored, whose understanding of Judaism is incomplete—at best. Hence, I now undertake a (very, very long) project that I hope will enhance Christian understanding of Judaism, the Jewish people, and, hence, Jesus. In the process, I also look forward to fostering better understanding between these two great religions.
To do this I will be using the King James Version. I adopted this translation because it is the best known and is in the public domain: there are no copyright issues using this version. Nonetheless, the King James Version can be difficult to understand. Hence, I will be giving my understanding of the King James Version: I will put the King James Version into modern English (no “thou” and “thee” language) with complete punctuation marks. That is not the key to this online study Bible, however. The heart of this study Bible will be its distinctive Jewish-based commentary.
Jesus and all his early followers were Jewish. If you do not know Judaism, you cannot know Jesus or fully appreciate his teachings. Put another way, no Judaism, no Jesus.
I start with Mark’s Gospel because Mark was almost certainly the earliest of the four Gospels written. I will put up a new post on Tuesdays and Fridays. I will look forward to your questions and comments.
To learn more about me (I am Jewish), please visit, “About.”
And if you are interested in learning still more about Judaism, you may want to check out my book, Every Christian's Book on Judaism: Exploring Jewish Faith and Law for a Richer Understanding of Christianity.
I hope this blog furthers goodwill among all. I hope you enjoy my blog.
Copyright 2010 by Ira L. Shafiroff. All rights reserved.