Jesus, the Sabbath, and the Jewish Debate (Library Of New Testament Studies Series)
Based on a meticulous textualanalysis of the Sabbath events in the gospels and on the relevant materialin the early rabbinic texts, Collins traces the history of the process by whichJewish law accommodated such acts. Part One considers...
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Based on a meticulous textualanalysis of the Sabbath events in the gospels and on the relevant materialin the early rabbinic texts, Collins traces the history of the process by whichJewish law accommodated such acts.Part One considers evidencepreserved in the gospels that deals with the contemporary Jewish debate onhealing on the Sabbath. In contrast with traditionalconclusions Collins shows that Jesus and the Pharisees were fully in agreementconcerning the necessity for such Sabbath acts. Collins also explains thereason for the apparent differences between the Pharisees and Jesus on acts ofhealing on the Sabbath.Part Two traces the continuationof the search by Jewish sages in the second century to find ways to integrateacts of Sabbath healing within Jewish law. The Jewish arguments they composedare then compared with those that exist in the gospel texts. This reveals theirdifferent features, and thus helps to date the composition of the rabbinicdirectives on healing and saving life, in relation to the first and secondcenturies CE.
- Preface; Introduction; Part 1: Evidence From The Gospels Of The First Century Debate On The Problem Of The Legal Violation Of Jewish Law; Chapter 1: The Saving Of Life From Starvation; Chapter 2: The Cure Of The Man With A Withered Hand; Chapter 3: The Cure Of A Man With Dropsy; Chapter 4: The Cure Of A Woman With A Bent Back; Chapter 5: An Unidentified Sabbath Cure; Chapter 6: Unidentified Cures For Unidentified People; Chapter 7: The Cure Of The Mother In Law Of Simon; Chapter 8: The Removal Of An Evil Spirit From A Man; Chapter 9: The Cure Of A Crippled Man; Chapter 10: The Cure Of A Man Blind From Birth; Chapter 11: Post-sabbath Cure For Many People; Part 2: Evidence In Jewish Sources Composed After The 1st Century Ce; Overall View; Chapter 12: The Arguments And Special Terminology Of Rabbi Akivah And Rabbi Ishmael And Their Schools; Chapter 13: Further Special Terminology For Humanitarian Acts Which Violate Sabbath Law; Chapter 14: Biblical Proof Texts To Justify Any Action In Any Situation Of Healing And Saving Life; Chapter 15: Historical Indications Of Directives Composed Before The 2nd Century Ce; Chapter 16: When Were The Tannaitic Directives Composed - In The 1st Or 2nd Centuries Ce?; Chapter 17: Summary - Why Were No New Directives Composed In The 2nd Century Ce?; Chapter 18: The Meaning Of The Term 'sabbath', In Contexts Of Healing And/or Saving Life; Final Conclusions; Bibliography.