Amy Jill-Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler have edited The Jewish Annotated New Testament and it looks amazing. I flipped through a copy in Powell’s Books and it looked like something I should acquire. I asked Oxford University Press for a review copy I am excited to say that a copy is going to be send my direction!
The New York Times has an article by Mark Oppenheimer on Amy Jill-Levine and this volume titled ‘Focusing on the Jewish Story of the New Testament’ that provides a bit of a biographical sketch of Levine. She is deserving of this coverage. At AAR/SBL she was one of the most captivating and impressive personalities in the room at any given time. I have read her work The Misunderstood Jew and I benefited from her insights there as well. As a synagogue attending Jewish scholar she provides amazing insight into early Christianity and I have benefited from her work.
If you’d like to read a review prior to my future review(s) I recommend John Hobbins’ post ‘Jews Reading the New Testament’. It will make you want to purchase this book for your library as well. In the meantime I will anxiously await my copy so that I can tell you more about it!