Thursday, October 25, 2007

Jesus the Israelite

I have written several posts dealing with the relationship of Jesus and Judaism, most notably "We killed Jesus, we'll kill you too!" and Jesus and the Last Supper as Passover Seder. To put matters succinctly, Jesus was neither a Jew nor a Christian as Judaism and Christianity simply did not exist in his life time. Which brings me to the point of this post.

Last July, the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus published "Jesus the Israelite Was Neither a 'Jew' Nor a 'Christian': On Correcting Misleading Nomenclature" by John H. Elliott of the University of San Francisco. I recommend this scholarly article to readers interested in the subject. Mistaken and anachronistic notions about Jesus and Jews are bad religion that fuels harmful movements like Christian Zionism, which in turn has had a dangerous geopolitical impact on the Middle East.

Elliott's article and the subject in general have stimulated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere, see the links below to posts on The Busybody blog (the most recent post is at bottom).

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