What Jews Can Learn From the New Testament

There's an interesting, free online for a limited time, article in the recent issue of Biblical Archaeology Review entitled What Jews (and Christians too) Should Know About the New Testament by the popular Jewish scholar, teacher, and author Amy-Jill Levine.  Dr. Levine is an Orthodox Jew who teaches both New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University.  She has spent the bulk of her career introducing the New Testament to a Jewish audience and getting Christians and Jews alike to appreciate that the New Testament is fundamentally a collection of Jewish documents intended for a largely Jewish audience and composed by Jewish authors.  This understanding of a common and shared heritage among Jews and Christians in the early centuries of Christianity fosters an environment where both groups can experience a deeper understanding and perhaps growth in spiritual depth from reading and applying the teachings of Jesus, the Apostles and the other New Testament writers.