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Jesus rejected by the tradition that which they are seeking: a
model Jew who downplays ritualism and is rich in morality, com­
passion and love. Perhaps, also, the Christian world has exerted
an indirect influence upon Jews who live within it. Traditional
Judaism, while it recognized certain significant figures, did not
single out one of them for such a disproportionate theological
status. The chain of tradition and authority have been upper­
most. It may be suggested, then, that those Jews who have at­
tached so much significance to Jesus may be unconsciously re­
flecting the influence of the non-Jewish cultural environment.
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