Writing Jesus the Jew was “a single-minded search for fact and reality and [was] undertaken out of feeling for the tragedy of Jesus of Nazareth,” Vermes admits. Of the three books he eventually wrote on the Jewishness of Jesus, Vermes deemed The Religion of Jesus the Jew his favorite. The book, which he describes as “more mature, mellow, constructive and ‘spiritual,’” depicts Jesus as a “faithful observer of Judaism and of the Jewish law.”