* This is a slightly revised form of the major part of an article in Hebrew published in Issues in Talmudic Research ([ed. Y. Sussmann]; Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2001), 28-65, an elaboration of a lecture delivered on 2.12.96 at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Memory of Prof. E. E. Urbach. The essential English form of this article was presented in a lecture at Cambridge Faculty of Divinity on 16.2.04, at a joint meeting of the Patristic Seminar and the Seminar in Hebrew, Jewish and Early Christian Studies. SOME EARLY JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN EXEGETICAL PROBLEMS AND THE DYNAMICS OF MONOTHEISM* by MENAHEM KISTER (The Hebrew University) In memory of Prof. E. E. Urbach Summary The thesis of this article is that a Jewish theological formula or an inter- pretation of biblical passages which, in one period, successfully served one side of a polemic, became, in a later period and in another context, a springboard for an adversary’s attack, or an insidious internal theological problem. The author attempts to illuminate the inner dynamics of Judaism as a monotheistic religion, and to observe the potential of inherent the- ological tensions in Judaism of the
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
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