"Hagner brings together a well-documented variety of twentieth-century Jewish views of Jesus in a fine manner. His scholarly treatment of the theme of anti-Semitism and the Pharisees is sensitively done. A major difficulty I have with his presentation, however, is his premise that the Jewish reclamation of Jesus remains unsuccessful because Jews still do not accept Jesus as Messiah. Despite this fundamental difference between the Christian and Jewish approaches to Jesus, and despite the rather narrow selection of Jewish scholars treated, Hagner's work is a most successful resource for gleaning insight into this subject."
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President, United Judeo-Christian, Holy Land Institute
"This is an important work that strikes new ground in its approach and content. It will further a knowledge of Jewish views of Jesus as well as advance Christian understanding of the Gospels. The author is an expert on Jewish literature about Jesus. While many in the Jewish community will find Hagner's conclusions unacceptable, every honest student of the issue, Jewish or non-Jewish, will profit considerably from the author's responsible and careful analysis. I commend this work to both Jewish and Christian readers. I predict it will become a classic.
Alan F. Johnson, Professor of Bible and Theology, Wheaton College