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Abraham Geiger on the origins of Christianity


1989 1989

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Abraham Geiger's writings on Christian origins constitute an important bridge between the consideration of early Judaism as a factor in New Testament studies and the development of a Jewish view of Jesus, Paul and early Christianity. Studies of the history of nineteenth century New Testament scholarship, as it developed in Germany, have not paid attention to the emergence of Jewish history as a central factor in the scholarship, nor to the role played by the political struggle over Jewish emancipation within nineteenth century Germany. Prior studies of Geiger's work have not examined his writings on Christianity, nor questioned the influence of his confrontation with Christianity on his conception of Jewish history, particularly during the Maccabean and rabbinic periods.

This study examines Geiger's central historical scholarship in order to establish the method of argumentation he developed concerning the influence of Judaism on the origins of Islam and Christianity. Geiger's interest in issues of Christian origins and the Jewish background to it functioned in three central ways. First, he used his scholarship as a tool to overcome the anti-Judaism he identified in Christian scholarship. Second, he argued that scholarly study of Judaism was not only important, but essential to a thorough understanding of the New Testament and early Christian history. Third, he developed a Jewish version of the rise and development of Christianity, with particular attention to the figures of Jesus and Paul, whom he set within the context of rabbinic Judaism.

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Subject
Religious history;
Philosophy;
Religion
Classification
0320: Religious history
0422: Philosophy
0322: Religion
0322: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Christianity
Title
Abraham Geiger on the origins of Christianity
Author
Heschel, Susannah
Number of pages
402
Publication year
1989
Degree date
1989
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 50/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Kraft, Robert A.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8922516
ProQuest document ID
303788199
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303788199
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