Thursday, December 13, 2007

Be Jewish, II

Marvin R. Wilson, in his book Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of
the Christian Faith (1989, Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids MI), writes (pg. 12):
...the Bible reflects a view of reality which is essentially Hebraic. Indeed, for the earliest Church, to think "Christianly" was to think Hebraicly. It should not be surprising that the understructure and matrix of much of the New Testament is Hebraic. After all, Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian of gentile origin. His teachings, like those of his followers, reflect a distinct ethnicity and culture. The evidence found in the New Testament is abundantly clear: as a mother gives birth to and nourishes a child, so Hebrew culture and language gave birth to and nourished Christianity.

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