Birkat HaMinim: Jews and Christians in Conflict in the Ancient World

Portada
Mohr Siebeck, 2007 - 413 páginas
One of the intriguing questions in the study of the period of the re-formation of Judaism after the destruction of the Second Temple is the identity of a group which appears in hundreds of Talmudic sources from those days - the minim. .It is clear that most of these sources reflect different facets of the polemic between Judaism and Christianity, which were both engaged in establishing their identities.This book concentrates mainly on the second century CE, and includes two basic questions: the question of the earliest text of the twelfth blessing of the central Jewish prayer composed at that time, Birkat haMinim; and the question of the identity of those minim who are cursed in this blessing.In the first section of the book, Yaakov Yanki Teppler analyzes the blessing itself. In the second section, which concerns the question of its principal objects, he sets out on a quest for the characterization of the minim, using all the hundreds of sources which deal with them. Having united these two sections in one framework, a proposal is made as to the identity of the minim. This proposal should provide a coherent basis for further research on this subject, laying a firm foundation for understanding the processes of separation between Judaism and Christianity in this stormy and fascinating period.

Dentro del libro

Comentarios de la gente - Escribir un comentario

No encontramos ningún comentario en los lugares habituales.

Contenido

The Problem of the Original Text of the Birkat haMinim
9
Traces of Versions of Birkat haMinim in the Early Piyyutim
29
The Influence of the Term Notzrim on the Early Versions of the Blessing
48
The Combination Minim and Apostates Meshumadim etc and its Influence
62
Shemuel haQatan
90
Establishing the Historical Framework
125
The Kingdom of Arrogance and the Christian Kingdom of Heaven
148
Sources Etymology and TimeFrame
164
Thrones of Judgment and Kingship
315
Late AntiGnostic Claims in the Babylonian Talmud
324
Two Powers in the Midrashei Halakhah
336
Summary of the Chapter
345
General Summary and Conclusions
360
The Original Hebrew Versions of Birkat haMinim
371
Bibliography
377
Index of Sources
389

Characterisation of the Main Source
183
The Minim say There are Many Powers in Heaven
297

Otras ediciones - Ver todas

Términos y frases comunes

Acerca del autor (2007)

Yaakov Yanki Teppler, Born 1955; BA (History and Education), MA (History), 2004 PhD (History) University of Tel Aviv; head of the history department at Beit Berl College, Israel.

Información bibliográfica