I am reading the proofs of my contribution to The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. The following quotes from Daniel Boyarin are true not only for dealing with what the Talmud has to say about Jesus but for any time we are engaging ancient texts. The effort must be made to read the texts in their own context and resist the temptation to ask of the texts the questions we have, but […]
This past year I was asked by Chris Keith to write a chapter on Jesus in the Talmud for The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. Last month I was invited to speak at the 1892 Club at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They recorded it and have posted the presentation (and the rest of the series) on YouTube.
I am reading Peter Schäfer’s creative reconstruction of the background for Jesus in the Talmud and a thought occurred to me that I do not see how I missed before (and a connection Schäfer does not seem to make). The Talmud addresses Jesus’ lineage (b Shab 104b), asserting that he is a bastard, a mamzer in the Hebrew. The biblical legal issues surrounding a mamzer go back to Deut. 23. Deut. 23:2 Those born of an illicit […]
I received an email from Logos Bible Software asking me to share the news that they are working on an English translation of Strack and Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. This will certainly be a great addition to English language resources once available. Logos Bible Software is pleased to announce the first-ever English translation of Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck’s Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Using the Pre-Pub process for this project […]
The New York Sun has a review of Joel Kramer’s Maimonides. Oddly the review is mostly a summary of Maimonides’ life with only the last two paragraphs offering any sort of critique of the book. This is more than just a biography of one of history’s greatest thinkers. It is also a rich cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Jews, Arabs, and Christians in the Middle Ages, as well as an accessible, if ultimately inadequate, […]
I like this bit. Marginalia A 15th century Byzantine manuscript with many kabbalistic items. In the margins of Azriel of Gerona’s commentary to Sefer Yetsirah, someone wrote: גוזר אני עליך שלא תלמוד בו עד היותך בן ל’ שניםI forbid you to study this until you are 30 years old. Maybe he had someone specific in mind. Maybe it was just a general warning. Especially since the manuscript used to belong to an Italian Jewish community. […]
I posted last week asking if anyone knew of good blogs covering rabbinic studies and literature. Jay Barnes posted with a reference to Balashon, but said that he too was having a tough time finding very many such blogs. I have found one other that I have added to my blogroll (personal one, not on this site, to update that takes effort and I am lazy!): Hagahot. I have not read enough of either to […]