Judaisms and their Messiahs at the Turn of the Christian Era

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Overview

While Jews in ancient Israel had much in common, in fact there existed no such thing as an orthodox Judaism. Diverse Judaisms, each with its own way of life, world view, and definition of the social entity (or Israel) to whom it spoke, flourished. Since there was no single Judaism, there was no single Messiah-idea or Messianic doctrine. Various readings of the Messiah theme reached definition in the various unrelated religious systems or Judaisms produced by those Jews—hence "Judaisms" and "their Messiahs." In this book, distinguished specialists in late antiquity Judaisms, including Christian scholars, take up the differing place and role of the Messiah-idea. Dealing with the best-documented Judaic systems—the Essene community at Qumran, Christian Judaisms represented by Matthew and Mark, the nascent rabbinic Judaism portrayed in the Mishnah, the Judaic system implicit in the writings of Philo—each author works out how a given system treats the Messiah theme.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521349406
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: Messiah in Judaism: rethinking the question William Scott Green; 2. Wisdom makes a difference: alternatives to 'Messianic' configurations Burton L. Mack; 3. Salvation without and with a Messiah: developing beliefs in writings ascribed to enoch George W. E. Nickelsburg; 4. How the authors of 1 and 2 Maccabees treated to 'Messianic' promises Jonathan A. Goldstein; 5. Messianism in the Maccabean period John J. Collins; 6. Waiting for the Messiah: the spiritual universe of the Qumran convenanters Shemaryahu Talmon; 7. Philo and Messiah Richard D. Hecht; 8. Messiah and Gospel George Macrae, S. J.; 9. Christology in Mark's Gospel Howard Clark Kee; 10. The question of the Messiah in 4 Ezra Michael E. Stone; 11. From Jewish Messianology to Christian christology: some caveats and perspectives J. H. Charlesworth; 12. Mishnah and Messiah Jacob Neusner; General index; Index to biblical and hermeneutical texts.

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