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

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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.


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  • Religionsvetenskap
Sidor (från-till)102–120
Antal sidor19
TidskriftJournal of Jewish Studies
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2016
Peer review utfördJa