In this issue of Catholic Update, author Father J. Patrick Mullen takes a close look at Jesus' Jewish heritage according to Scripture and what it means for Catholics. Mullen writes, "First, the more we know about the Judaism in which Jesus was steeped, the greater our appreciation of contemporary Judaism. Second, we also gain a deeper insight into the very Jewish symbols and metaphors that will help us understand Jesus' sacrificial gift of his own life."
Father J. Patrick Mullen, Ph.D., S.T.L., is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who received his doctorate in biblical studies from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, New Testament, at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. A popular speaker, his the author of scholarly articles and the 2004 book, Dining With the Pharisees (Lirturgical Press).
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