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Judaism and Their Messiahs At the Turn of the Christian Era

Jacob Neusner (Ed)Ernest S Frerichs (Ed)William Scott Green (Ed)
Judaism and Their Messiahs At the Turn of the Christian Era

Judaism and Their Messiahs At the Turn of the Christian Era

Jacob Neusner (Ed)Ernest S Frerichs (Ed)William Scott Green (Ed)

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While Jews in the land of Israel in ancient times shared much in common - scripture, reverence for the Temple and its cult, some traits as one 'Orthodox' Judaism. Diverse 'Judaisms' flourished, each with its particular way of life, world view, and definition of the social entity, or 'Israel'. Because there was no single, unitary Judaism, there also was no one '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 various Judaisms of late antiquity, including Christian scholars, take up the differing roles of the Messiah-idea in the various traditions examined. Dealing with the best-documented Judaic systems - the Essene community at Qumran, Christian Judaisms represented by Mark and by Matthew, the nascent rabbinic Judaism portrayed in the Mishnah, the Judaic system implicit in the writings of Philo - the authors work out how a given system treats the Messiah theme. Some systems - Philo's and the Mishnah's - find the theme important.;Others place it at the center of their systems and treat the Messiah as the purpose and goal of their respective Judaisms, their expectations varying from a political-military figure to an eschatological diety. In its approach to evidence, not harmonizing but analyzing and differentiating, this book marks a revolutionary shift in the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity.

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- Publisher 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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While Jews in the land of Israel in ancient times shared much in common - scripture, reverence for the Temple and its cult, some traits as one 'Orthodox' Judaism. Diverse 'Judaisms' flourished, each with its particular way of life, world view, and definition of the social entity, or 'Israel'. Because there was no single, unitary Judaism, there also was no one '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 various Judaisms of late antiquity, including Christian scholars, take up the differing roles of the Messiah-idea in the various traditions examined. Dealing with the best-documented Judaic systems - the Essene community at Qumran, Christian Judaisms represented by Mark and by Matthew, the nascent rabbinic Judaism portrayed in the Mishnah, the Judaic system implicit in the writings of Philo - the authors work out how a given system treats the Messiah theme. Some systems - Philo's and the Mishnah's - find the theme important.;Others place it at the center of their systems and treat the Messiah as the purpose and goal of their respective Judaisms, their expectations varying from a political-military figure to an eschatological diety. In its approach to evidence, not harmonizing but analyzing and differentiating, this book marks a revolutionary shift in the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity.
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315 Pgs.
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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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Meet the Authors

Jacob Neusner (Ed)

Jacob Neusner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism; Bard Center Fellow. He is the Editor of the three volume Encyclopedia of Judaism, he has published more than one thousand books and innumerable articles, including Theology of the Oral Torah, Theology of the Halakhah, and The Incarnation of God: The Character of Divinity in Formative Judaism.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

William Scott Green (Ed)

William Scott Green is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Judaic Studies and Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 124738
  • Product Code 0521349400
  • EAN 9780521349406
  • Pages 316
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Feb 1988
  • Sales Rank #20980
  • Dimensions 229 x 153 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.470kg

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