Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion

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This thorough study covers all the primary data on how early Jews and Christians perceived crucifixion. The author examines Second Temple and early rabbinic literature and material remains to demonstrate the range of ancient Jewish perceptions. He also surveys ancient Jewish historical accounts of crucifixion, magical literature, and the proverbial use of crucifixion imagery. The volume pays special attention to Jewish interpretations of key Old Testament texts and early Christian literature that reflects on Jewish perceptions of the cross in antiquity. Originally published by Mohr Siebeck and now available as an affordable North American paperback edition, the book provides indispensable background for scholarly work on the death of Jesus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801039058
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Chapman (PhD, University of Cambridge) is associate professor of New Testament and archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part 1: Ancient Jewish Perceptions of Crucifixion
2. Crucifixion and Suspension in Extra-Biblical Jewish Historical Narratives
3. Biblical Suspension Texts and Traditions
4. Crucifixion in Symbology and Magic
5. Crucifixion in Imagery, Proverb, and Case Law
6. Perceptions of Crucifixion In Ancient Jewish Communities: A Summary
Part 2: Ancient Jewish Perceptions of Crucifixion and the Cross of Christ
7. Jewish Perceptions of Jesus' Crucifixion and the Early Church
Appendix: Two Fragmentary Qumran Text
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