I’m slowly working through “The Voice Still Speaks: Message of the Torah for Contemporary Man” by Rabbi Morris Adler (1906-1966) published posthumously in 1969 by Bloch Publishing, New York.
In a really interesting essay on Jewish law, Adler makes the startling statement: " In religion, all law is an attempt to make us better servants of the Lord, and consequently, one who is rooted in Jewish tradition could not have said, as the central figure in Christianity is reported in the New Testament to have said, 'Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s." (p. 171)
He prefaces and postfaces this remark with the arguments that Jewish law and tradition do not identify isolated spheres where different sets of laws are operative. In this case, he says, Caesar is subject to the same laws of God as anybody, and he is not in control of any separate sphere on earth, etc. “**All of life is a sanctuary, and we can never move away from the area of God’s sovereignty.” ** p.172.
There you go. That’s a pretty deep criticism of Jesus. Adler seems reasonable. Anybody want to defend Jesus?