Apocalypticism, Anti-Semitism and the Historical Jesus: by John S. Kloppenborg, John Marshall

By John S. Kloppenborg, John Marshall

Virtually all students agree that apocalyptic and millenarianism shaped no less than a part of the matrix of the tradition in first-century Jewish Palestine, yet there's a sharp confrontation about the volume to which Jesus shared apocalyptic and millenarian ideals.

Although there was greatly written protecting or opposing an 'apocalyptic Jesus', virtually not anything has been stated at the questions of what, from the viewpoint of contemporary historiography of Jesus, is at stake within the factor of even if he was once an apocalypticist or a millenarian prophet, and what's at stake in arguing that his alleged apocalypticism is a important and defining attribute, instead of an incidental characteristic. a lot has been acknowledged at the form of Jew Jesus used to be, yet nearly not anything is expounded on why the class of Judaism has turn into so relevant to old Jesus debates. those questions have much less to do with the amount and personality of the on hand historic proof than they do with the ways that the trendy critic assembles proof right into a coherent photograph, and the ideological and theological subtexts of ancient Jesus scholarship. students of Christian origins were quite gradual to inquire into the ideological situation in their personal paintings as students, however it is that this query that's the most important in attaining a severe self-awareness of the bigger entailments of historic scholarship on Jesus and the early Jesus flow. This quantity starts off the inquiry into the ideological position of recent old Jesus scholarship.

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The introduction to Fredriksen and Reinhartz, Jesus, Judaism, an d Christian AntiJudaism, 5 (emphasis added): 'Our hope is that this volume will contribute in positive ways to the efforts of lay readers to understand the historical circumstances of early Christianity. By making this effort, such readers will be able to see how anti-Judaism entered Christian theology at a formative stage of its development.. determining the church's interpretation of foundational New Testament texts. We also hope this book will help readers to see that we have other interpretive possibilities and available readings when, with historical understanding, we approach the Christian scriptures.

ARNAL Cipher 'Judaism' i n Historical Jesus Scholarship 35 eschatological expectation. So too does concern with the holy land of God's promise, Israel, and the native Semitic speech of the inhabitants. Jesus is a rabbi and debates with rabbis; he is attendant at festivals and honors the sabbath; he is circumcised. The question that arises here is precisely why, if indeed this construction of Judaism is intended to be normative, any of these scholars would care at all about the current construction of the Jewish religion, especially since very few of them are themselves Jewish.

The agenda here has two facets. It offers a way to respond to the Holocaust, and, simultaneously, a rejoinder to contemporary antiSemitism. In terms of the former, the travesty of the Holocaust is underscored by insisting on its irony. No, the 'eternal Jew', as it happens, was not a threat to European civilization (and its North American spinoffs), but its basis. The Holocaust was thus not only a crime against humanity, but a crime against the very values that were invoked to promote it. Moreover - and it is here that my sympathy with this agenda begins to wane - Jesus the Jew serves as a way to reclaim Christianity from complicity in the Holocaust; even to insulate it from this complicity.

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