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Ram Ben-Shalom

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113904

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.001.0001

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Jesus and the Origins of Christianity

Jesus and the Origins of Christianity

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(p.103) Chapter Three Jesus and the Origins of Christianity
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Medieval Jews and the Christian Past
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Ram Ben-Shalom

, Chaya Naor
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113904.003.0004

This chapter takes a look at contemporary Jewish understandings of Jesus Christ and Christianity during the Second Temple period. It showed that this period was often the subject of debate between Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages. The reason for this is clear: Christians regarded it as the time of their messiah, while Jews rejected their claims and continued to await the messiah's coming. Polemicists, Christian and Jewish alike, believed that clarifying the history of the period would support their positions. Thus, between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries Jews held a variety of opinions on the life of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity, which can reveal much about how they saw Christian culture during the Middle Ages.

Keywords:   Jesus Christ, Christianity, messiah, Christian origins, Christian culture, Second Temple period

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