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The Jewish Gospels

The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ by Daniel Boyarin enters into the discussion of the relationship between Judaisms and Christianities in the first centuries C.E., and attempts to relate some of the results of this profitable scholarly discussion to a wider audience, while extending the discussion into a description of the shared ideological underpinnings of these traditions. ...

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Torah Praxis after 70 CE

Reviews of the Enoch Seminar 2014.06.09 Isaac W. Oliver, Torah Praxis after 70 CE: Reading Matthew and Luke-Acts as Jewish Texts. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 355. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013. Pp. xvi + 524. ISBN 978-3-16-152723-4. Sewn Paper. € 94.00. Amy-Jill Levine Vanderbilt University Comparing Matthean and Lucan treatments of Sabbath observance (healing, plucking grain, burial, travel ...

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The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective

The Dead Sea Scrolls in Scholarly Perspective offers a unique look at the history of research on the scrolls from the Judean desert. The field of Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship is in a time of transition from the second generation of scholars who had close personal contact with the members of the original international team of editors to a third ...

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Recasting Moses

Recasting Moses, a slightly revised version of author Finn Damgaard’s doctoral thesis, explores how the figure of Moses was shaped in Jewish and Christian discourse. It is not an exhaustive study of Moses traditions but rather an examination of the particular ways Moses is used in biography and autobiography. Damgaard focuses on three types of texts: biographies of Moses, biographies ...

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Wisdom and Torah

The relationship between wisdom and Torah in Second Temple Judaism continues to fascinate scholars—and not surprisingly, given the centrality and vast influence of these two concepts in the intellectual culture and literatures of that period. The recent volume Wisdom and Torah: The Reception of ‘Torah’ in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period forms the most substantial collection of ...

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Melchizedek’s Alternative Priestly Order

The Melchizedek episode in Gen 14:18-20 lacks nearly everything a proper story needs. An enigmatic pagan priest-king appears out of nowhere, serves a deity named God-Most-High, brings along bread and wine, and, having blessed Abraham, is accepted by him as his superior. No wonder that readers of the text have attempted to fill in these gaps, in former times by ...

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The Origins of Jewish Mysticism (Schafer)

In this text, Peter Schäfer attempts a programmatic analysis of the early forms of Jewish mysticism. The text analyses different forms of mystical writing, beginning with the biblical vision of Ezekiel, before moving on to 1 and 2 Enoch, the Common Era apocalypses of Abraham, Zephaniah, John, and the Ascension of Isaiah, Qumran literature, Philo, the Talmud and finally the ...

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Por una interpretacion no cristiana de Pablo de Tarso: El redescubrimiento contemporaneo de un judio mesianico (Segovia)

I spent the academic year of 2000–2001 studying at a prominent school of theology in Argentina. During one public presentation, I was shocked to hear the dean of the school of theology, a specialist in New Testament studies, claim that the Jews had undergone the Holocaust as divine punishment for their supposed crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As a Brazilian-American Jew, ...

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A New Reading of the Animal Apocalypse of 1 Enoch: ‘All Nations Shall be Blessed’ (Olson)

The main thrust of Olson’s argument is that the Animal Apocalypse of 1 En. 85-90 (hereafter AnAp) “can be read as a sophisticated theological interpretation of human history as well as a contemporary political document” (235). More specifically, Olson proposes a reading strategy for AnAp based on the following interrelated points. First, AnAp envisages salvation that is universal in scope. ...

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