- We had a relatively enduring thread on XTalk a while back about whether or
not Jesus thought he was the messiah, and if not, who thought he was, and
if so, what kind of messiah. Well, just now I've run across the following:
>Oegema, Gerbern S Anointed and His People: Messianic Expectation from theHas anyone on this list examined this book? If so, can you summarize
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>In this systematic and radical work, Oegema studies the origins and
>development of expectations of a messiah-royal, priestly or prophetic. In
>five parts, all the Jewish and Christian literature from 200 BCE to 200 CE
>is analysed for its messianic interests. Special attention is devoted to
>the Pseudepigrapha, the Qumran literature, Philo, Josephus, the writings
>of the Early Church, the Jewish Apocalypses and the early Rabbinic
>writings. In this important work, Oegema contends that we cannot speak of
>a 'messianic idea' in Judaism, but that we can trace a historical
>trajectory of messianic expectations.
Oegema's conclusions relevant to our interest in Jesus' self-image and
Peter's "Confession"? Also, the above summary fails to mention the
publication date, so I don't even know if this is a new book, or an old one
that is being remaindered.
Robert M. Schacht, Ph.D.
Northern Arizona University
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- At 11:21 AM 3/1/04 -0700, you wrote:
>It was published in 1998. There's no review of it at bookreviews.org
>Has anyone on this list examined this book? If so, can you summarize
>Oegema's conclusions relevant to our interest in Jesus' self-image and
>Peter's "Confession"? Also, the above summary fails to mention the
>publication date, so I don't even know if this is a new book, or an old one
>that is being remaindered.
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- Bob, the book's not so old -- it came out only about
six years ago:
>The Anointed and His People: Messianic Expectationsfrom the Maccabees to Bar Kochba, Journal for the
Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement Series - JSPS
27, by Gerbern S. Oegema, Sheffield Academic Press,
That's all that I could find on it. No online reviews
so far as a quick google search could turn up.
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- Linda & Ernest Pennells wrote:
> [Zeba Crook]Also, in his _Christ and the Caesars_, Satuffer conjectured that Jesus' entry into
> > don't mean to sound glib, but is it not likely that entering Jerusalem
> >on a donkey is how most people entered the city? How many other options
> >were there?
> Anthony Harvey (Constraints of History) makes a big deal of this: "The
> kernel of historical fact within the fairly elaborate layers of
> interpretation ... is Jesus startling and ostentatious reversal of the
> normal constraint which would have obliged him to enter Jerusalem on foot"
> (Harvey 1982, 129).
Jerusalem followed immediately after Pilate had made his grand entrance. If this
is so, then Jesus' method of entry takes on a whole new signification.
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- Steven wrote:
>Anyway, for now, I will just augment my earlier post with a few of theadditional quotes that were from before the rabbinic period (we will
consider Saadia Goan as the first reference of the rabbinic period.)>
I realy appreciate seeing these references. Rabbinics is not my forte,
so could explain to me: how do we know that these Talmudic references
are first century or before?
I accept your suggestion that post-Christianity Judaism may have felt
the need to respond to Christian claims about their Messiah. On the
other hand, I would tend to be more generous to the Christian scholarly
attempt to distinguish between first-century Judaism and Christianity:
it's neither "mythicist" nor "anti-missionary" propaganda that seeks to
differentiate them. Rather it is based on the correction of a
long-standing traditional view that "the Jews" are to be faulted (as
willfully ignorant, or something like that) for not recognising the
very Messiah they were all waiting for and rejecting (and killing) him
instead. Post-Holocaust work has recognised that in fact, it's
entirely logical that the majority of Jews, being well familiar with
their own scriptures, were not convinced by the "scriptural proofs"
being offered by the members of the Jesus movement. In other words, it
is (and remains) anything but obvious that Jesus was a reasonable
likeness to any of the various messiahs Jews were hoping would come (I
think *expecting* is even putting it too strongly), and your claim
notwithstanding, the all the sources do not all make the same claim.
It is obvious, and I easily grant, that these things are all obvious to
believers (then *and* now), but that is another issue altogether.
I'm leaving shortly for AAR-SBL, so likely won't see a response to this
until the middle of next week.
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