The Poetical Qualities of the Apostle Peter in Jewish Folktale

The Poetical Qualities of the Apostle Peter in Jewish Folktale The Poetical Qualities of the Apostle Peter in Jewish Folktale There are hardly any reminiscences of the apostle Peter in Jewish litera- ture, but some biographical elements and individual characteristics are brought together in a number of legends concerning Simon Cephas. Simon, the original name of the apostle Peter in combination with the Aramaic-Greek title Cepha ( s ), and the apostolic name par excellence with the original meaning ‘stone’, may have been known to some extent among Jews as the alleged founder of the Church of Rome. 1 Three small Hebrew accounts of a biography of Simon-Peter can be found in Beth ha- Midrasch , published by A. Jellinek within the context of the ‘History of Jesus’ or Toldot Yeshu tradition, 2 and in Otzar Midrashim edited by Y.D. Eisenstein. 3 The third account was copied verbatim from the Tam u- Mu‘ad (‘Complete and Testified’) version of Toldot Yeshu . 4 The Toldot Yeshu is an early medieval treatise, originally written in Aramaic, with a unique approach to the stories about Jesus as the founder of Christianity. This episodic work does not offer any systematic polemical argumenta- tion, but rather ridicules the biographical tales about Jesus in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Zutot Brill

The Poetical Qualities of the Apostle Peter in Jewish Folktale

Zutot, Volume 3 (1): 16 – Jan 1, 2003

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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1571-7283
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1875-0214
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10.1163/187502103788690816
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The Poetical Qualities of the Apostle Peter in Jewish Folktale There are hardly any reminiscences of the apostle Peter in Jewish litera- ture, but some biographical elements and individual characteristics are brought together in a number of legends concerning Simon Cephas. Simon, the original name of the apostle Peter in combination with the Aramaic-Greek title Cepha ( s ), and the apostolic name par excellence with the original meaning ‘stone’, may have been known to some extent among Jews as the alleged founder of the Church of Rome. 1 Three small Hebrew accounts of a biography of Simon-Peter can be found in Beth ha- Midrasch , published by A. Jellinek within the context of the ‘History of Jesus’ or Toldot Yeshu tradition, 2 and in Otzar Midrashim edited by Y.D. Eisenstein. 3 The third account was copied verbatim from the Tam u- Mu‘ad (‘Complete and Testified’) version of Toldot Yeshu . 4 The Toldot Yeshu is an early medieval treatise, originally written in Aramaic, with a unique approach to the stories about Jesus as the founder of Christianity. This episodic work does not offer any systematic polemical argumenta- tion, but rather ridicules the biographical tales about Jesus in

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