Friday, October 29, 2021

On the Judeo-Arabic Toledot Yeshu

THE GENIZA FRAGMENTS BLOG: Q&A Wednesday: Toledot Yeshu – insult or entertainment? With Miriam Goldstein (Melonie Schmierer-Lee).
For those who aren’t familiar with the Toledot Yeshu narrative, can you tell us a bit about it and its different versions?

It’s a parody on the life of Jesus, composed by Jews at some point in Late Antiquity, originally composed in Aramaic and dealing only with the very last part of Jesus’ life (known as the Pilate version). It was subsequently translated into Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic, and the narrative was expanded to include an account of Jesus’ birth and childhood, as well as parodies on later events in the spread of Christianity. ...

I noted an article on this subject by Dr. Goldstein here. Follow the links from there for more PaleoJudaica posts on the Toledot Yeshu.

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