Given all of this, do I believe it is worthwhile for Jews to study Jesus? Not only worthwhile, but vital. Jesus is the most famous Jew who ever lived. To ignore him or to allow others to lift him out of his Jewishness and historical context in order to define his as a god-man is to give up an important part of our legacy as Jews.

I understand Jesus as a God-intoxicated Jew, a mystic suffused with Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit. This Jesus becomes an important teacher of a Jewish expression of the perennial philosophy mystics of every faith have taught for thousands of years. Reading Jesus as Jewish mystic of the perennial philosophy reclaims his as a Jew and frees his deepest message from both Jewish rejection and Christian adulation.

Rami M. Shapiro, Jesus through Jewish Eyes by Beatrice Bruteau, editor