Religion: The Christ of Judaism

Jesus was a Jew. This rudimentary fact about the Son of Man is often overlooked by Christians, who are habitually prone to emphasize the differences rather than the similarities between their religion and Judaism. In Jesus of Nazareth: The Hidden Years (Morrow; $4), French Historian Robert Aron, who is a Jew, tries to show how deep was the influence of Israel and its religion on Jesus during his formative years. Aron's discursive, imaginative biographical essay has been praised by such Christians as France's President Charles de Gaulle (a Roman Catholic) and Albert Schweitzer (a Protestant).

Between the time the Holy Family settled...

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