I’ve been reading the Gospels with the perspective of if I was a first century Jew encountering Jesus. It’s been fruitful; deepening my faith. But my question is: What were the practices and beliefs of first century Jews?
I know that they read the Prophets and the Law in the synagogue and that Second Temple Judaism was a split faith; mainly between the aristocratic Sadducees and the Pharisees that were popular with the common people. I’m just trying to understand the context of Judaism in Jesus’ time and just exactly what kind of impression His preaching would have on a first century Jew.