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Walter Homolka

Historical Jesus research, Jewish or Christian, is marked by the search for origins and authenticity. The various Quests for the Historical Jesus contributed to a crisis of identity within Western Christianity. The result was a move “back to the Jewish roots!”
For Jewish scholars it was a means to position Jewry within a dominantly Christian culture. As a consequence, Jews now feel more at ease to relate to Jesus as a Jew.
For Walter Homolka the Christian challenge now is to formulate a new Christology: between a Christian exclusivism that denies the universality of God, and a pluralism that endangers the specificity of the Christian understanding of God and the uniqueness of religious traditions, including that of Christianity.

The Origins of the Canon of the Hebrew Bible

An Analysis of Josephus and 4 Ezra


Juan Carlos Ossandón Widow

In The Origins of the Canon of the Hebrew Bible: An Analysis of Josephus and 4 Ezra, Juan Carlos Ossandón Widow examines the thorny question of when, how, and why the collection of twenty-four books that today is known as the Hebrew Bible was formed. He carefully studies the two earliest testimonies in this regard—Josephus’ Against Apion and 4 Ezra—and proposes that, along with the tendency to idealize the past, which leads to consider that divine revelation to Israel has ceased, an important reason to specify a collection of Scriptures at the end of the first century CE consisted in the need to defend the received tradition to counter those that accepted more books.

Eran Viezel

the biblical text, they are too brief to give provide any evidence of underlying views regarding the issue of the mt , the methodological difficulties entailed in emending the text, or the importance and status of other textual witnesses. The fact that some exhibit a complex, inconsistent attitude

Aviad Moreno

provides a methodological contribution to historians’ efforts to reconstruct voices from the past. Despite the critical contributions of edited narratives, they raise methodological obstacles and lacunae: they restrict our ability to trace the shifting mindsets of narrators within dynamic social

Francesco Zanella

Abstract The aim of the present paper is to highlight the main theoretical features of the semantic methodology known as “componential analysis of meaning” (CA), espe- cially focusing on their heuristic relevance in their application to Ancient Hebrew (AH). 2 The elucidation of the theoretical principles

Hans-Joachim Hahn and Olaf Terpitz

European Jewish Studies to meet and exchange on a regular basis. The Forum envisages in particular an intense exchange between scholars of di ff erent ages in order to establish a network which explores the diversity as well as new methodological and thematic trends of the growing academic fi eld of East

Irene Zwiep and Avri Bar-Levav

at the above-mentioned workshop. The five articles collected here, alongside the guest editors’ methodological introduction, reflect new approaches to the study of religious renewal in Jewish history and literature, Protestant theology, and education in Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Israel. Together

Elena E. Nosenko-Stein

, Dan Ben-Amos and Ellen Frankel discussed and solved a lot of problems, including the project strategy, methodological questions, editorial problems, etc. After that two translators began translating selected texts from the IFA from modern Hebrew into contemporary readable English. The texts were

Jörg Ulrich

Translator Bill Templer

not their name is suitable for supporting the apologetic intention at the respective place. The book is sometimes rather difficult reading, due in to the research question at its centre and the corresponding methodological organization of the study. The argumentation in the study is necessarily