Jesus in the Talmud

Peter Schäfer
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By – March 26, 2012
Peter Shäfer, pro­fes­sor of Juda­ic stud­ies at Prince­ton, pro­vides a sophis­ti­cat­ed treat­ment of the sub­ject of Jesus and oth­er fig­ures in the New Tes­ta­ment in Tal­mu­dic lit­er­a­ture. This sub­ject has a long his­to­ry, but has nev­er been under­tak­en with the kind of rig­or and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to con­tex­tu­al fac­tors, includ­ing the dif­fer­ences between the evi­dence avail­able in the Baby­lon­ian ver­sus Jerusalem ver­sions. Shäfer dis­cuss­es the many dele­tions of this mate­r­i­al under Chris­t­ian cen­sure dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages, offer­ing con­vinc­ing recon­struc­tions of the orig­i­nal texts and con­texts. Clear and acces­si­ble read­ing for the non-spe­cial­ist, this is a care­ful, schol­ar­ly treat­ment that sets the agen­da for future stud­ies. Bib­li­og­ra­phy and index.
Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas, is the author of Mys­tery­of Romans, win­ner of the 1996 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award, Charles H. Revson­Award in Jew­ish-Chris­t­ian Relations.

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