© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Review of Rabbinic Judaism 8.1 RABBI DOSA AND THE RABBIS DIFFER: MESSIAH BEN JOSEPH IN THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD David C. Mitchell One of the most compelling ﬁ gures in Rabbinic literature is Messiah ben Joseph, the latter-day Ephraimite king who dies in eschatologi- cal warfare with monstrous foes. There are references to him—by name or pseudonym—in a host of texts from the ﬁ rst and second millennia C.E. But the three references in the Babylonian Talmud are particularly important because of their antiquity. A single page of the Talmud, B. Suk. 52, has the distinction of containing these earliest known references to Messiah ben Joseph. This paper dis- cusses the interpretation and dating of these texts. 1. B. Suk. 52a (top): Messiah or the Evil Inclination Here is the ﬁ rst passage. Aramaic passages are in italics. “And the land shall mourn family by family apart. The family of the house of David apart and their women apart” (Zech. 12:12). They said: Is not this an a fortiori conclusion? In the age to come, when they are busy mourning and no evil inclination rules them, the Torah says, “the men apart and
Review of Rabbinic Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera