" ... whatever the ultimate truth may be,
Jewish history remains incomplete without including the full breadth of interpretive discussion and discord that arose out of First Century Israel.
Even if we were to deny every word, indeed every possible interpretation of those words in its pages, we cannot ignore it. If we cannot ignore it then we need to understand these perspectives apart from any faith-based decisions regarding its message.
The fact of the matter is, in order to do this effectively
we must restore its original message."
Andrew Gabriel Roth
in his 'Open Letter to the Jewish People regarding the New Testament'