BAR 38:03, May/Jun 2012
ReViews: How Jewish Is the New Testament?
The Jewish Annotated New Testament
Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler
(New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2011), xxviii + 637 pp., $35
This excellent volume consists of introductions and notes on the New Revised Standard Version text of the New Testament, together with 30 brief essays by some 50 Jewish scholars. Appendices provide timelines, lists of rabbis, calendar, weights and measures, etc.
The explanatory footnotes, together with more extended notes at the top of many pages, amount to small commentaries. For example Mark’s introduction, text and notes runs to more than 40 pages. The amount of information packed into the footnotes, regularly citing Jewish and rabbinic sources (though not modern bibliography), is impressive.