The Bible and Beyond Podcast Episode

The Jewish World of Jesus: A Modern Rabbi’s View

An Interview with Rabbi Evan Moffic

A photo of Rabbi Evan Moffic

Rabbi Evan Moffic

Rabbi Evan Moffic, senior rabbi at a vibrant Reform Jewish congregation in northern Illinois, thinks Christians can understand Jesus’s words and works better – and Jews and Christians can understand each other better — by considering the Jewish world of Jesus more fully. In this podcast interview, he explains Jesus’s relationship to his students, why Jesus himself was not apocalyptic, the Jewish origin of his ‘Lord’s Prayer,’ and the spiritual purpose behind his miracle acts and healings.

Rabbi Evan Moffic is “one of the coun­try’s most tru­ly charis­mat­ic and thought­ful young lead­ers” (Dr. David Ellen­son). His books, public speaking engagements, and podcast interviews are ubiquitous. Since 2009, Moffic has served as the spir­i­tu­al leader of Con­gre­ga­tion Solel in sub­ur­ban Chica­go. Com­mit­ted to inter­faith rela­tions and shar­ing Jew­ish wis­dom with the world, Evan lec­tures and teach­es at church­es and inter­faith insti­tu­tions around the coun­try. He also writes for the Huff­in­g­ton Post and Beliefnet​.com. One of his books, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Jewishness of Jesus, is especially pertinent to this podcast interview.

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This podcast is a part of our series, “The Jewishness of Jesus.” For the series index, click here.