Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion

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"This is a commendably thorough investigation of attitudes to crucifixion in Jewish texts in the Second Temple and Talmudic periods."--L. L. Grabbe, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

"Chapman's thesis concerns the impact of Jewish perceptions of crucifixion on Christian thought. His review of preceding literature demonstrates the importance of this study, since contemporary research related to crucifixion and Judaism focuses primarily on the Graeco-Roman world, thereby limiting scholarly understanding to the history and practice of crucifixion. . . . [Chapman's] project is unique, his approach is fresh, and his reading of ancient sources is sound. It is an excellent book for students of early Judaic literature, and I would recommend it as an important contribution to biblical and rabbinic studies."--Michael D. Fiorello, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"Chapman is to be commended for his willingness to address all arguments and also for putting forth what he sees as the best interpretation. . . . This work will be helpful for those interested in the general study of crucifixion in the ancient world, as well as those intrigued more specifically with early Jewish reactions to crucifixion in the Hellenistic period or with rabbinic exegesis of capital punishment texts. It also provides a useful background for possible perceptions of the earliest Christians toward Jesus' crucifixion. And it offers anther angle of inquiry into the hotly contested field of Jewish-Christian relations during the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods. The appendices, bibliography, and indices of authors, subjects, and citations are quite useful."--Lynn H. Cohick, Bulletin for Biblical Research

"This work presents an investigation that is simultaneously meticulous, serious, and balanced in its objectives and its conclusions."--Christian Grappe, Revue d'Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses

"The revised version of a dissertation at the University of Cambridge under William Horbury, this will be the standard work on crucifixion for a long time to come."--Andreas J. Köstenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion was originally published in Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, Second Series.

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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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