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Bibil Identifier bibil:218067
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Case of the Proselytizing Pharisees?—Matthew 23.15
Author Bird, Michael F.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 2, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2004
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2004
Year (Copyright) 2004
Year (Reference) 2004
Language English
Pages 117-137 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay examines Matthew 23.15 in the context of the debate concerning pre-Christian Jewish proselytizing activity amongst Gentiles. The study assesses the historical authenticity of the logion and examines the various positions for understanding its meaning. It then attempts to argue that Matthew 23.15 is an authentic saying of Jesus aimed at censuring a Pharisaic group for endeavouring to recruit Gentile adherents (God-fearers) to the cause of Jewish resistance against Rome. It concludes that the logion does not constitute evidence for the existence of a Jewish proselytizing mission.
DOI 10.1177/147686900400200202
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Proselytes
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Pharisees
Pericopes Matthew 23,15
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