Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Interview with Matthias Henze

ANCIENT JUDAISM: Jesus the (Second Temple-era) Jew. “If we don’t understand the Judaism of Jesus’ time, how can we understand him and his message?” David Heim interviews Matthias Henze (The Christian Century). Excerpt:
The Jewish writings produced in the centuries just before Jesus—books like First Enoch or Jubilees—are little known by Christians. Does that matter?

If Christians want to understand Jesus and those who first wrote about him, we need to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of Jesus’ Judaism. If we don’t understand early Judaism, how can we understand Jesus and his message?
Cross-file under Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Watch.

For another interview with Professor Henze about his work on Second Temple Judaism, see here.

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