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A Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans
Joseph Shulam, Hilary Le Cornu

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Format: Hardcover , 530pp.
ISBN: 1880226693
Publisher: Messianic Jewish Publishers
Pub. Date: May 1998

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The authors offer this commentary on the book of Romans as a Jewish text in the hope that it will bring to the reader a broader and deeper appreciation of the light which they trust has consequently been thrown on the interpretation of the letter in general and of specific passages in particular by situating it in its Jewish setting, elaborating the exegetical rules and terminology prevalent in the period, and bringing comparative sources from contemporary Jewish literature, they also hope that this volume will go some way in redressing the historical mistake committed by the Church of cutting itself off from its own roots. Their most fervent desire is perhaps that this commentary will also serve to return Yeshua himself to his own people, in demonstrating that the New Testament is not a Christian book representing a different faith but a Jewish text embodying an authentic Jewish interpretation of the Tanakh.


"The numerous references to the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, and rabbinic literature make this book a must for all who wish to inquire into the meaning of the most important document in Paul's writings. Shulam and Le Cornu have done a masterful job."
—George Howard, Professor of Religion, University of Georgia

"I know of no one with greater ability than Joe Shulam in showing the Pharisaic and Jewish background for understanding Paul. . . . The book is a treasure chest."
—Daniel C. Juster, Director, Tikkun Ministries, Inc.

"The work will prove an indispensable resource for scholars interested in the early Jewish context of Romans and the Jewishness of the faith of first-century believers in Jesus."
—Craig S. Keener, Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern Seminary

"I strongly recommend it for all those who have more than a cursory interest in the Jewish backgrounds of the New Testament."
—John McRay, Professor of New Testament and Archaeology, Wheaton College Graduate School


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About the Author

Joseph Shulam (Chief Editor) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 24, 1946. His family immigrated to Israel in 1948, where they settled in Jerusalem. In 1962, he came to faith in Jesus the Messiah. He was educated at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he received a B.A. in Bible and Bible Archeology. He later came to the United States and studied at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a B.A. in Chemistry and Biblical Studies. Upon completion of his B.A., he returned to Israel where he has since been involved in the local Messianic Jewish community. He continued his studies at the Hebrew University, and received an M.A. in the History of Jewish Thought in the Second Temple Period. From 1972–1975, he studied Rabbinics and Jewish Thought at the Diaspora Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Mr. Shulam is the Director of Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry in Jerusalem. Netivyah is an Israeli-government recognized organization, established by Mr. Shulam for the purposes of studying and teaching the Jewish background of the New Testament, providing a bridge between Jews and Christians and Judaism and Christianity, and nurturing the Messianic Jewish community in Israel. Mr. Shulam is also the Elder of Congregation Roeh Israel, also located in Jerusalem. In addition to Biblical Studies, he lectures worldwide on such subjects as the First Century Church in Jerusalem, the Jewish Roots of the New Testament, and Contemporary Middle East Politics. He was an adjunct professor at Abilene Christian University (ACU), and directed the ACU. graduate extension program in Jerusalem in 1988. Joseph Shulam is married to Marcia Saunders Shulam, and they have two children.

Hilary Le Cornu (Research) was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1959. She graduated with honors from Edinburgh University in 1983 with an M.A. in Religious Studies. While pursuing her M.A., she received a certificate in Judaic Studies from the One Year Program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Comparative Religion. Miss Le Cornu has been residing in Jerusalem since 1983. In 1986, she began working as Joseph Shulam’s Research Assistant as part of the staff of Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry. She also participated in a four-member Interfaith Reconciliation Program to Rome and the U.S.A. in 1984. She served for a number of years as a volunteer coordinator for the Holocaust Education Seminar at Yad VaShem, and taught a course on Religious Pluralism for the Jerusalem Extension Program of Abilene University in 1988. She spent several years as Adminstrative Officer of the Messianic Midrasha in Israel, and is currently working as a freelance editor and proofreader.

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