Ya know - I've read alot of different books about Jesus - the many "mysterious" qualities that were generated by men about him. A magician, a healer, a philosopher, a carpenter, a this, a that...etc...etc....etc.....yo u get my drift.<quoted text>
He was Jewish, and he taught Judaism.
But did he really teach Judaism?
I believe he knew Judaism, but that was just a portion of his beliefs - if one were to take the into account the many different sayings he supposedly stated, or even the actions that he supposedly participated in or performed.
One could draw from all of this many perceptions of him. Christianity prefers to draw an incomplete one. Islam - incomplete. Judaism - rejection/incomplete. All incomplete - at the choice of men.
Take two steps forward. Shun religion, but not Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Quetzalcoatl, etc....and then read what each of these different "holy men" did and said.
Once you get past the words and understand their meanings - of what they were trying to say to THEIR generation, then you will understand that some of these moral teachings transcend time and people, but not the Self.