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Bibil Identifier bibil:202523
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Temple Concerns and High-Priestly Prosecutions from Peter to James: Between Narrative and History
Author Regev, Eyal
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 56, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 64-89 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article demonstrates that according to the Acts of the Apostles, the major charges brought against Peter, Stephen, and Paul—as well as, in later Christian texts, against James—are violations of the Temple's sacredness, both by means of statements about and actions within it. On the narrative level, in their portrayal of the conflicts and trials of these early Christian leaders, the ancient Christian sources argued that because the early Christian community in Jerusalem sought to partake in the Temple worship in its own way, Jesus' followers were falsely accused of violating the Temple's sacredness. On the historical level, it may be concluded that these events were authentic, and that they were affected by two factors: (a) The assumption, on the part of the Jewish community, that Jesus represented an anti-Temple stance. This assumption was based on Jesus' ‘cleansing’ action at the Temple, and the saying attributed to him regarding the destruction of the Temple and the erection of a new one ‘not made with [human] hands’. As such, Jesus' followers were viewed as posing a threat to the Temple as well. (b) The meticulous approach to Temple rituals held by the Sadducean high priests in charge of the prosecutions. According to their approach, any deviance from the proscribed procedure desecrated the sacrificial cult and was to be avoided at any cost.
DOI doi:10.1017/S002868850999021X
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Acts of the Apostles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : First Century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Jerusalem Church
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : James, Brother of the Lord
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Sadducees
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