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Bibil Identifier bibil:202063
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Birkat Ha-Minim Revisited
Author Marcus, Joel
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 55, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 523-551 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract J. Louis Martyn and others have argued that a decision by late first-century rabbis to introduce a liturgical curse against heretics (Birkat Ha-Minim) provides the background for early Christian passages about Christians being excluded from and cursed in synagogues. More recent scholars, however, have challenged the assumption that the earliest form of Birkat Ha-Minim referred to Christians and that the rabbis controlled the synagogues. The present article defends the basics of Martyn's reconstruction while nuancing the extent of rabbinic control in the early Christian centuries. It also suggests, however, that the original of Birkat Ha-Minim may have been a Qumranian curse on the Romans.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688509990063
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Relationship with Other Religious or Philosophical Movements : Christianity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Shemone esre (18 Benedictions)
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