Haggadah in Early Judaism and the New Testament

Edited by Roger David Aus

[Haggadah im frühen Judentum und Neuen Testament.]

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The present volume contains nineteen essays which illustrate in an exemplary way how Haggadah, a particular kind of interpretation, influenced early Jewish writings and the New Testament, and how Jews in Antiquity and Jewish Christians creatively employed haggadic elements in their writings.
Although it is difficult to define Haggadah exactly, this topic, thus far neglected in New Testament studies, can comprise among other things hyperbole; the addition of names, dates and numbers to an earlier text; glorification of a biblical character; parables to illustrate a statement or principle; and the creation of speeches, even of entire scenes. In addition, it is important in resolving the centuries-old inaccurate alternative of true or false, historical or fictional. The nineteen essays collected in this volume, by leading scholars in their own fields, illustrate in an exemplary way how Jews in Antiquity and Jewish Christians creatively employed haggadic elements in their writings.
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Roger David Aus: Introduction – Günter Stemberger: Haggadah in Rabbinic Literature – Roger David Aus: Historicity and Truth in Haggadic Texts – Hermann Lichtenberger: Haggadah in den Qumrantexten – Gudrun Holtz: Abraham als Archetyp der Gottesliebe: Die Opferung Isaaks in Philos biographischem Enkomium »Das Leben des Weisen«: (De Abrahamo 167–208a) – Anna Maria Schwemer: Schriftauslegung und Haggadah in den Vitae Prophetarum – Michael Avioz: Aspects of Haggadah in Josephus – Daniel R. Schwartz: Josephus and Chronology According to Sabbatical and Jubilee Periods – Alan Avery-Peck: Rabbinic Stories in the Babylonian Talmud Rosh Hashanah – Tal Ilan: The Syro-Phoenician Woman and the Jerusalem Talmud – Peter J. Tomson: Jesus, Master of Aggadah. The Parable of the Four Kinds of Soil – Lieve M. Teugels: Rabbinic Meshalim and the Parables of Jesus. The Pattern of the Master and the Appointed Overseer – Bruce D. Chilton: The Last Earthquake: Zechariah, Matthew, Peter, and the Force of Haggadah – Roger David Aus: Luke 1:78–79; the Sprout as the Messiah; the Dawn / Morning Star; and the Gradual Beginning of Redemption in Judaic Tradition on Esther, the »Hind of the Dawn« – Harold W. Attridge: Scripture and Haggadah in the Fourth Gospel. Haggadic Strategy in John 10:34–36 – Arie W. Zwiep: Haggadic Motifs in the Acts of the Apostles: A Search for Traces of the Tradition of the Elders in Acts 1–3 – Christian Grappe: Traces de motifs haggadiques dans le récit de libération merveilleuse de prison de Pierre en Actes 12 – Gerbern S. Oegema: Haggadah in Gal 3:6–14 and Rom 4:1–16 – Klaus Haacker: Freispruch für den Frevler. Ps 32,1–2 in Rӧm 4,5–8 und in jüdischen Rezeptionen – Alan C. Mitchell: What Is Haggadic About Hebrews?

Roger David Aus Born 1940; 1971 PhD in New Testament Studies, Yale University; retired pastor of German-speaking congregations in Berlin within the Ev. Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz.


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