Frederic Seager's Jesus, the Man and the Myth: A Jewish Reading of the New Testament is a nonfiction book that offers a fresh perspective on Jesus and a book that challenges readers, especially traditional Christians to look beyond everything they think they know about Jesus. The author presents the social and cultural conditions within which Jesus rose and grabbed the attention of people in His hometown and why his message resonated with the Jews. He had a good following when he preached that God's kingdom was near, promising that if the Jews followed Him, it would happen. With his miracles, he quickly gained the support of His kind who believed in His message. But when Jesus spoke about paying taxes to the enemy, He lost the overwhelming support for the Jews. In this book, readers will discover the Jesus that the Jews knew and understand the tenets and key teachings of Judaism.
This is an eye-opening book that invites readers to be critical of what they read and hear about Jesus. The author asks very pertinent questions and challenges readers to honestly consider why ''the Jews who actually knew Jesus overwhelmingly rejected his message'' and why their descendants continue to do so. The rift between Jesus and His fellow Jews is brilliantly explored in this book. Jesus, the Man and the Myth: A Jewish Reading of the New Testament presents an objective view of Jesus and shows readers how the Jews saw Jesus. The author writes in prose that is accessible, offering Biblical commentaries that bring clarity to his message. The author brings to readers his cultural heritage and provides insightful readings on Judaism. Seager's book will open a frank conversation between Jews and Christians. In this book, you will discover the historical Jesus and the myth that has been sold for 2000 years. You'll understand an interpretation of events surrounding the rise and fall of Jesus from the perspective of a Jew who didn't subscribe to his cult.