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September 16, 1966 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-16

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September 16, 1966
Mrs. Bishop's Biography 'Yeshu, Called Jesus': Splendid' 12—FridaY1
Use of Jewish Background Material: Only for Christians If you lend a person any money, kindness. If you begin to

Claire Hucher Bishop, author of
a number of outstanding books for
children, having made a thorough
study of the Bible—of the Torah
and the New Testament—and hav-
ing visited Israel, has written a
most interesting story about Jesus,
with emphasis on his Jewish back-
ground, on early life in the Holy
Land and on the Jewish heritage
in Christianity.
Under the title "Yeshu. Called
Jesus," Mrs. Bishop's book, pub-
lished by Farrar, Straus and
Giroux, her story, 'splendidly illus-
trated by Donald Bolognese, is de-
voted mostly to a review of ancient
Jewish history. It describes life
in the Holy Land in the time of
Jesus, pointing to the difficulties
the Jews of old faced under the
rule' of the Romans.
Mrs. Bishop has utilized history
and tradition, the Bible and the
sources dealing with Jewish ob-
servances, to describe the forms
of life, the holidays observed by


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Jews, the Sabbath and the festivals,
leading up to the Passover pil-
grimage to the Temple in Jeru-
salem where Jesus, then 12 years
old, engaged in discussions with
the learned men while his parents
searched for him for several days,
delaying their return to Nazareth.
From this point on commences
the Christological factor. Then
Yeshu, as he was named by his
parents Mary and Joseph, begins
to emerge as his people's long-
sought Messiah. Mrs. Bishop is
very cautious in her work. At
the very outset, describing the
miseries under the Romans and
the events that caused Jesus to
await the Messiah, she explains:
"The liberator to come was ex-
pected to be a king. Kings in
Israel were not crowned but
were anointed with oil. For that
reason, a king was called the
Anointed, or the 'Messiah,' from
a Hebrew word which means 'to
anoint.' The Greek word for Mes-
siah is 'Christ.' "
It is clear that she deals with her
subject factually. Throughout the
text, to make it historically and
biblically correct, she quotes from
Scriptures and these appear in her
biography in italicized form. She
takes the versions from the Ma-
oretic text, the King James and
Cobfraternity edition s, Ronald
Knox's New Testament translation
and the French Bible de Jerusalem,
and the concluding selections from
the Christian Creed are from Cath-
olic and Protestant texts.
It is an impressive work and at
least two rabbis have commended
it highly, expressing the hope that
it will be used in Christian schools
as guides for youngsters, to make
them understand Jesus' Jewishness.
Jewish children, however, will need
guidance in using this text. It will
be necessary for them to under-
stand that the acceptance in this
work of Jesus as the Messiah means
acceptance of Christ as the Chris-
tian Messiah by Christians.



54th Year




El Al Israel

Mrs. LBJ Heads List
of Sponsors of WICS

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson leads
the list of those honoring members
of the National Council of Jew-
ish Women and three other groups
for their work enabling young
girls to benefit
from the war on
The First Lady
will be honorary
chairman of
WICS Day, Oct.
18, which pays
tribute to the vol-
unteers of t h e
NCJW, National
Council of Catho-
lic Women, N a -
tional Council of
N e g r o Women
and United
Church Women,
who recruit and
screen 16-21-year-
old girls for the
Mrs. LBJ
Women's Job
Corps and conduct local Commun-
ity Action Projects through WICS
(Women In Community Service).
WICS was organized by the four
womens' organizations, represent-
ing 27,000,000 women, in the fall
of 1964 to enter into an unusual
contract with the Federal govern-
ment, enabling their members to I
play a unique role in the war oni
poverty. About 10,000 volunteers I
conduct its activities, which include
work with the families of the girls,
and assistance to those who could
not be accepted by the Job Corps.
WICS estimates that t h e r e are
500,000 16-21-year-old girls in pov-
The theme of WICS Day is "A
Dream Whose Time Has Come,"
symbolizing the opportunities open-
ing up for disadvantaged girls
through WICS and the Job Corps.
The event also stresses that WICS,
operating in almost 200 c i t i e
across the nation, stands for "worn-
en who believe in girls and for
girls who believe in themselves."


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There is no doubt, as indicated, it becomes lost for any purposes still further—either you must part
about Mrs. Bishop's sincerity of of your own. When you ask for it with that which you have intrusted,
purpose, her brilliant approach back again, you find. a friend or else you must lose that friend.
to the subject matter, her skilled made an enemy by your own —Plautus.
use of Jewish sources, even her
use of the aleph and the beth in
describing the Hebrew alphabet 1
as it was taught to Yeshu—to
Jesus. But the delineation of
Jesus as the Messiah is not and
can not be acceptable to Jews,
much as they may commend the
fairness of the background mate-
rial in Mrs. Bishop's "Yeshu,
Called Jesus."
gratefully acknowledges the
The significance of this work has •
patronage of the people of
been hailed as implementing the
during the past years
recent Vatican Council Declaration
and looks forward to serving
on Jews. That's all well and good,
provided it is designated as sup- I
you again and again.
plementary good-will material for
non-Jews. But if it were spread
among Jewish children without
their knowing the finality of the
story—the acceptance of Jesus as
the Christ—then it would be pro-
selytizing matter rather than bib-
—P. S.

Happy New Year

Jack Beckwith


May you and yours
be inscribed in the
book of life for a
year filled with
health, happiness
and prosperity.:

May peace and
contentment come to all
mankind throughout • the



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As we take stock of the events that transpired
in the year 5726, looking forward to a happy
and peaceful 5727, we extend our heartiest
good wishes to the entire community for a
year of joy and contentment.

We join in prayer that the coming year should
be marked by an end to conflicts, by an era
of amity among all peoples, by good will in-
stead of discord. And may the year 5727 spell
security and peace for all Americans.

We especially greet our co-workers in the
Campaign, the Friends of Bar-
Ilan University,
University, the Mizrachi-Hapaoel Ha-
Mizrachi, our fellow-Zionists, the sponsors of
educational programs for our youth and their
elders, and the Jewish Welfare Federation,
and pray for successful continuation of ef-
forts for these great causes.

May 5727 be a Very Happy Year for all.

Omar Khayyam, author of The

Rubaiyal, was an astronomer and

mathematician as well as a poet.


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