We Jews and Jesus

Much of what I learned about Christianity and the New Testament came from the late Rabbi Samuel Sandmel, who was the leading Jewish authority on Christianity in the last generation and a member of the faculty for many years at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati.

Among his many excellent works is a book called We Jews and Jesus. It had been out of print for many years until SkyLight Paths Publishing, a sister company to Jewish Lights Publishing reissued the book recently as “a classic reprint.” Since Jesus is core to Christian belief and often a sticky point in interfaith relationships, I encourage interfaith couples to read the book together. While you are at it, you may also want to peruse A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament which SkyLight Paths also reissued some time ago.


  1. Where can I purchase the book “We Jews and Jesus”? I am also interested in “A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament”.

    I would appreciate being able to obtain copies of each of these 2 books.
    Just send me an e-mail answer at
    Thanks. Christine W. Jennings

    Comment by Christine W. Jennings — September 12, 2006 @ 7:23 pm

  2. These books are available at your local bookstore or through Jewish Lights Publishing which you can access at or by calling 802.457-4000. They are wonderful books.

    Comment by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky — September 12, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

  3. Rabbi Olitsky,

    I found these books at Borders Books, Music. etc. near 91st and Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas. They said they would order additional copies to have on hand for other readers as well. I told both of my Rabbis about it.

    Thank you.

    Christine W. Jennings

    Comment by Christine W. Jennings — November 23, 2006 @ 11:14 am

  4. Rabbi Olitsky,

    I have found these books to be interesting, in helping to understand why Jews believe what they do about Jesus. After reading them, I am not sure that I am convinced of the Jewish point of view, however. I think I will always believe certain things Jewish and other things Christian.

    I know that my position makes both Jewish and Christian Clergy nervous. But, before God I am most comfortable with my combination beliefs. I think that by being exposed to both views of God I have seen the many things we have in common and can see where there are equally validly held differences in both faiths in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I think I have a bigger understanding of God for having been exposed to the tenets of both faiths. Christine

    Comment by Christine W. Jennings — June 30, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

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