October 29, 2019

Rabbinical Influence on New Testament interpretation

I recently was reminded of the immense influence that Jewish culture, thought, and literature has on interpretation of the New Testament. That reminded me of a table I created for a book review on Jesus the Jewish Theologian (4th printing Edition), by Brad H. Young (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing Paperback, 1995) 308 Pages: ISBN 1-56563-060-2.  The book review looked at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, and one weakness that was apparent in the version I had was that there was no a chronological index of Rabbinical influences, which could be helpful in distinguishing anachronistic applications/interpretations.

Anyway, if you have the book, here is the table I created indexing the Rabbinical resources mentioned in the book. The list of Rabbis and associated interpretations/methodologies cut a wide chronological swath, from 400 B.C. to A.D. 1950.