Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus

Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus

by David Mishkin

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Overview

The Jewish study of Jesus has made enormous strides within the last two hundred years. Virtually every aspect of the life of Jesus and related themes have been analyzed and discussed. Jesus has been ""reclaimed"" as a fellow Jew by many, although what this actually means remains a matter for discussion. Ironically, the one event in the life of Jesus that has received significantly less attention is the one that the New Testament proclaims as the most important of all: his resurrection from the dead. This book is the first attempt to document Jewish views of the resurrection of Jesus in history and modern scholarship.

""Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus is a highly welcomed volume.The book offers much more than an examination of scholarship on the resurrection of Jesus. In effect, it examines the new interest that Jewish intellectuals have developed, in the late modern era, in Jesus, and the interpretations they have provided of Jesus and the movement he led.Mishkin should be commended for his work. This is a rich, intelligent study that presents a panoramic view of Jewish scholarship on Jesus and early Christianity.It will serve well those interested in Jewish-Christian relations.""
--Yaakov Ariel, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

""Mishkin takes up a controversial topic and deals with it intelligently and delicately. In a thorough and nuanced study, he covers and recovers the surprising twists and turns in the various Jewish approaches to the resurrection of Jesus. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the plurality of voices on this intriguing topic.""
--Neta Stahl, Johns Hopkins University

David Mishkin (PhD, University of Pretoria) serves on the faculty of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532601354
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/2017
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

David Mishkin (PhD, University of Pretoria) serves on the faculty of Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Israel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

[1.1] Historical Overview 1

[1.2] The Resurrection and the Modern Jewish Study of Jesus 6

[1.3] Goal of this Study 8

Chapter 2 Previous Studies 10

[2.1] Clyde W. Votaw 10

[2.2] Benjamin W. Bacon 12

[2.3] Herbert Danby 14

[2.4] Thomas Walker 15

[2.5] Jakob Jocz 15

[2.6] David Catchpole 17

[2.7] Walter Jacob 18

[2.8] Donald Hagner 19

[2.9] Pinclias Lapide 20

[2.10] Matthew Hoffman 22

[2.11] Daniel F. Moore 24

[2.12] Neta Stahl 25

[2.13] Daniel Langton 27

[2.14] Walter Homolka 28

[2.15] Shaul Magid 30

[2.16] Current Trends 32

Chapter 3 Preliminary Issues 35

[3.1] The New Testament Texts 37

[3.1.1] Dating 38

[3.1.2] Discrepancies 40

[3.1.3] Corroboration 45

[3.2] Jews and Judaism in the New Testament 50

[3.2.1] Intentionally anti-Jewish 50

[3.2.2] A Neutral view 54

[3.2.3] In-house debate 59

[3.3] Miracles 62

[3.3.1] Evaluating Miracles 63

[3.3.2] Cognitive Dissonance 66

[3.3.3] Comparative miracles 72

[3.4] Resurrection 76

[3.4.1] In the Tanakh 77

[3.4.2] The Disciples and the Resurrection of Jesus 82

[3.4.3] Paul's View of Resurrection 84

[3.5] Messiah 89

[3.5.1] Pagan Messiah 90

[3.5.2] Divine Messiah 94

[3.5.3] Dying Messiah 100

[3.6] Dual Covenant Theology 103

[3.6.1] Atonement 104

[3.6.2] Pluralism and Jesus 107

[3.6.3] Pluralism and Paul 114

Chapter 4 Jewish Views of the Resurrection of Jesus 118

[4.1] In Historical Fiction 119

[4.1.1] Joseph Jacobs 119

[4.1.2] Edmund Fleg 121

[4.1.3] Scholem Asch 124

[4.1.4] Rolf Gompertz 125

[4.2] In the Writing of Jewish History 126

[4.2.1] Heinrich Graetz 127

[4.2.2] The Jewish Encyclopedia 128

[4.2.3] Abram Leon Sachar 129

[4.2.4] Salo Wittmayer Baron 131

[4.2.5] Solomon Grayzel 132

[4.2.6] Cecil Roth 133

[4.2.7] Martin Goodman 133

[4.3] Biographies of Jesus 134

[4.3.1] Paul Goodman 135

[4.3.2] Claude G. Montefiore 136

[4.3.3] Hyman G. Enelow 139

[4.3.4] Joseph Klausner 141

[4.3.5] E R Trattner 142

[4.3.6] Yehezkel Kaufmann 144

[4.3.7] Schalom Ben-Chorin 146

[4.3.8] David Flusser 148

[4.3.9] Paula Fredriksen 150

[4.4] Articles 152

[4.4.1] Elias Bickerman 153

[4.4.2] Eugene Borowitz 153

[4.4.3] Dan Cohn-Sherbok 156

[4.5] Focus on the Resurrection 158

[4.5.1] Pinchas Lapide 158

[4.5.2] Geza Vermes 164

[4.5.3] Alan F. Segal 169

4.6 Alternative Suggestions 176

[4.6.1] Isaac M. Wise 177

[4.6.2] Hugh Schonfield 179

[4.6.3] Max Dimont 181

[4.6.4] Gaalyahu Cornfeld 182

[4.6.5] Hyam Maccoby 184

[4.6.6] Ellis Rivkin 186

[4.6.7] Michael J. Cook 188

[4.6.8] Gerald Sigal 194

[4.6.9] Michael J. Alter 197

Chapter 5 Conclusions 201

[5.1] What does Jewish scholarship tell us about the resurrection of Jesus? 201

[5.1.1] The Crucifixion 203

[5.1.2] The Burial 204

[5.1.3] The Disdples' Belief 205

[5.1.4] The Empty Tomb 207

[5.1.5] Paul's Experience 208

[5.1.6] Furthering the discussion 210

[5.2] What does the Resurrection of Jesus tell us about Jewish scholarship? 211

Bibliography 215

Name Index 239

Subject Index 255

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