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Logion 69.2 of the Gospel of Thomas is quite similar to its parallels in Mt. 5.6 and Lk. 6.21a, the beatitude for the hungry, except for one detail: while in the Synoptic Gospels, the second part of the logion is a causal clause, in the Gospel of Thomas it is a purpose clause. If this twist of...
This discussion of The Aryan Jesus (2008) welcomes its combating all antisemitism but questions whether it sufficiently distinguishes that from an also deplorable theological anti-Judaism. Heschel’s account of the Eisenach Institute (1939—42), which aimed to de-Judaize German Christianity,...
As Betz observed in 1979, Paul never says that Christians are supposed to ‘do’ the Torah. This article seeks to develop the argument of omission in relation to Paul and the law. What else does he not say? According to Rom. 2.17-29, Jews ‘rely on’ the law, ‘boast’ in the law, know...
This appreciative and critical review briefly summarizes the contents of Susannah Heschel’s book, The Aryan Jesus and probes four areas of engagement and disagreement with Heschel: the incomplete portrayal of Grundmann, the question of the influence of Grundmann and his Institute, the question...
In his praise of the attitude of loving one another in 1 Cor. 13 Paul argues that ‘now we see in a mirror and in a riddle’ but at the eschaton we will see ‘face to face’ (v. 12). The implied object of ‘seeing’ is God. By introducing the image of a mirror Paul uses a well-known...
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