By Phillip Sigal

It is a republished variation of Sigal's pioneering paintings with a brand new preface by way of Eugene Fisher of the U.S. convention of Catholic Bishops and an updating epilogue via Thomas Kazen of the Stockholm college of Theology. Sigal argues that, from a halakhic viewpoint, Jesus teachings on Sabbath and divorce within the Gospel of Matthew use an analogous tools of interpretation as these of his proto-rabbinic contemporaries. The Jesus of the Gospel of Matthew may still hence be obvious as a charismatic prophetic first-century proto-rabbi self reliant in his halakhah and often looking forward to later rabbinic positions instead of as transcending proto-rabbinic halakhah or as an adherent of a selected college. Sigal concludes that, had it now not been for the expulsion of Christian Jews from the synagogues after ninety C.E., Jesus might have been remembered as one of many rabbis of the Mishnah and that neither Christology nor halakhah have been decisive for the holiday.

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