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Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition: Essays in Honour of Maurice Casey

ISD have sent along for review this delightful volume: Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition: Essays in Honour of Maurice Casey, edited by James Crossley.

casey_fsJudaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition is a collection of essays focused on what is now a major issue in contemporary gospel studies. The essays are in honour of Maurice Casey, who has made major contributions to our understanding of the Jewish context of Jesus and the Gospels. Fittingly, this collection of essays avoids the conventional festschrift format and is designed to be a detailed analysis in its own right. This volume examines how Judaism can function as an analytical concept in Gospel scholarship. This includes an overview of the ways in which Judaism is used in the canonical Gospels and how this relates to the idea of a Jewish Jesus, in addition to specific examples of similarities with, and differences from, various Jewish traditions in the Gospels, constructions of gender, the impact of the historical Jesus, and the significant steps toward Christian distinctiveness made in the Gospel of John.

This collection features contributions by Andrew R. Angel, Roger David Aus, George J. Brooke, Bruce Chilton, Daniel Cohen, James G. Crossley, Mogens Müller, Wendy E.S. North, Catrin H. Williams, and a preface by C.K. Barrett.

My review is available here.

ISD is offering, for Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition, a discount- the code being 132-13. This is good for 20% off either the paperback or hardback, also through Oct 31st.

The Latest From the Learned Mogens Müller

Just published in a Festschrift-

Mogens Müller, “Luke – the Fourth Gospel? The “Rewritten Bible” Concept as a Way to Understand the Nature of the Later Gospels”, i Sven-Olav Back & Matti Kankaannieni (eds.), Voces Clamantium in Deserto. Essays in Honor of Kari Syreeni. Studier I exegetik och judaistik utgivna af Teologiska fakulteten vid Åbo Akademi 11 (Åbo 2012) s. 231-242.

Track it down and give it a read.  You can email this address and order it-  pekka.lindqvist@abo.fi

Geza Vermes Reviews Mogens Müller’s The Expression ‘Son of Man’ and the Development of Christology: A History of Interpretation

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Jewish Studies, Vermes writes

Professor Mogens Müller, a Danish expert from Copenhagen, has enriched New Testament scholarship with a splendid specimen of Forschungsgeschichte, an over 400 page long encyclopedic survey of the Son of Man problem. It is unquestionably the most thorough treatment of a hotly debated issue, which indirectly amounts also to a full history of Christology. Covering the subject from the earliest church fathers to contemporary authors, Müller has examined the contribution of over 1,000 writers ranging from the important to the ephemeral and, instead of being just a recorder of opinions, had the courage to formulate his own assessments and thus offer guidance to newcomers to this overworked but still fascinating subject.

He also notes

Müller’s specific personal contribution consists in putting into relief that the doctrinal significance of the Son of Man idiom is essentially the work of the evangelists and that its roots go back to an Aramaic circumlocution. To quote the author, the phrase Son of Man ‘never turns up in the Gospels in confessional sayings, much as it is never employed in a predicative way. The interpretation of the Son of man in the New Testament Gospels is in free fall until it is recognized that the expression does not have any specific meaning before it receives it through its concrete context in the respective Gospels’ (p. 419).

It’s a glowing review- and rightly. The volume is epoch-making.