Advanced

Isaac and Jesus : a Rabbinic Re-appropriation of a “Christian” Motif?

Zetterholm, Karin LU (2016) In Journal of Jewish Studies 67(1). p.102-120
Abstract
If, as recent scholarly insights suggest, adherence to Jesus was a largely intra-Jewish affair during the first few centuries ce, it increases the likelihood of interaction and exchange of ideas between such Jesus-oriented Jews and Jews of other inclinations. This article argues that the motif of the atoning power of the death of the beloved son - developed within first-century Judaism, as evidenced by Paul and the Gospels, and embraced by Jesus-oriented groups - was later reappropriated by Rabbinic Judaism through interaction with Jesus-oriented groups with a Jewish self-identity, and applied by Rabbinic Jews to Isaac. The presence of the aqedah motif in synagogues from the third to six centuries may testify to the reappropriation by... (More)
If, as recent scholarly insights suggest, adherence to Jesus was a largely intra-Jewish affair during the first few centuries ce, it increases the likelihood of interaction and exchange of ideas between such Jesus-oriented Jews and Jews of other inclinations. This article argues that the motif of the atoning power of the death of the beloved son - developed within first-century Judaism, as evidenced by Paul and the Gospels, and embraced by Jesus-oriented groups - was later reappropriated by Rabbinic Judaism through interaction with Jesus-oriented groups with a Jewish self-identity, and applied by Rabbinic Jews to Isaac. The presence of the aqedah motif in synagogues from the third to six centuries may testify to the reappropriation by non-Jesus-oriented Jews of the motif of the atoning power of the death of the beloved son, and possibly also to the presence and impact of Jesus-oriented groups or individuals in the synagogue of late antiquity. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
in
Journal of Jewish Studies
volume
67
issue
1
pages
19 pages
publisher
Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies
external identifiers
  • scopus:84977103179
ISSN
0022-2097
DOI
10.18647/3261/JJS-2016
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
8b58af4a-3156-4acc-8f47-3305d0d8fa11 (old id 4647981)
date added to LUP
2014-09-24 09:21:51
date last changed
2017-02-10 15:24:50
@article{8b58af4a-3156-4acc-8f47-3305d0d8fa11,
  abstract     = {If, as recent scholarly insights suggest, adherence to Jesus was a largely intra-Jewish affair during the first few centuries ce, it increases the likelihood of interaction and exchange of ideas between such Jesus-oriented Jews and Jews of other inclinations. This article argues that the motif of the atoning power of the death of the beloved son - developed within first-century Judaism, as evidenced by Paul and the Gospels, and embraced by Jesus-oriented groups - was later reappropriated by Rabbinic Judaism through interaction with Jesus-oriented groups with a Jewish self-identity, and applied by Rabbinic Jews to Isaac. The presence of the aqedah motif in synagogues from the third to six centuries may testify to the reappropriation by non-Jesus-oriented Jews of the motif of the atoning power of the death of the beloved son, and possibly also to the presence and impact of Jesus-oriented groups or individuals in the synagogue of late antiquity.},
  author       = {Zetterholm, Karin},
  issn         = {0022-2097},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {102--120},
  publisher    = {Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies},
  series       = {Journal of Jewish Studies},
  title        = {Isaac and Jesus : a Rabbinic Re-appropriation of a “Christian” Motif?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.18647/3261/JJS-2016},
  volume       = {67},
  year         = {2016},
}