By Edward Kessler
Some of the most recognized tales within the Bible is the account of ways Abraham's religion in God used to be established through a willingness to sacrifice his long-awaited son at God's command. This tale has been a resource of fascination for Jews and Christians over many centuries, and Edward Kessler deals an engrossing account in their interpretations. Explaining that neither the tale nor its interpretations will be understood independently, this ebook makes a useful contribution to bible study.
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Ecc. Rab. 4. Cf. Jas. 13. Jdt. 8:12. ); cf. ); Mk. ). 19 In order to consider this argument, it will be helpful to examine the LXX rendering of ‘your son, your only one, whom you love, Isaac’ (Adyjy ta Anb tbha r`a). The first point to notice is that the LXX equates ‘only one’ (dyjy) with ‘beloved’ (gapht»v). 21 Further evidence of an overlap is provided by a number of Greek translations that also use monogenv instead of gapht»v such as Aquila and Symmachus. 11 (and parallels). 2, it is unwise for Daly and others to offer a firm conclusion on such little evidence.
Lohse90 challenges L´evi’s conclusion and argues that the rabbis were influenced by Christian teachings concerning the atoning death of Jesus. In other words, Jewish interpretations were influenced by a controversy with Christians over the significance of Christ’s atoning death. Rabbinic interpretations should, therefore, be viewed as a reaction to, rather than an instigator of, early Christianity. Shalom Spiegel91 puts forward a third- rather than first-century CE date, and his own view, which he admits is ‘speculative’, suggests that interpretations were derived from a pagan motif that influenced both Judaism and Christianity.
Barnes somewhat softens his view in a 1985 revision of his study but still envisages Tertullian looking at Jews ‘on the streets of Carthage with a gloomy and baleful gaze . . 37 Barnes’ view is supported by Rives who comments that ‘while it is possible that Tertullian was familiar with some of the ideas of the local Jews . . 38 These portraits of Tertullian conflict so much that readers may be forgiven for believing that they are reading about two different historical characters. a common biblical culture The three most common approaches to the examination of Jewish– Christian relations in late antiquity – polemic, proselytism and studies on individual church fathers – fail to provide a scholarly consensus.
Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians and the Sacrifice of Isaac by Edward Kessler