Religious Studies | Religious Thought and Ethics: The Jewish Jesus: from Antiquity to the Present
R672 | 8562 | S. Magid


The Jewish Jesus became a topic of scholarly inquiry among German
Protestants in the nineteenth-century who were interested in viewing
Jesus as a historical and not a theological figure. But the question
of Jesus’ “Jewishness” goes back to the early centuries of
Christianity and Judaism. In this seminar we will explore how Jews
dealt with the question of Jesus in general and Jesus as a Jew in
the Middle Ages in particular. We will then explore how Jews adapted
the modern Protestant “Jewish” Jesus for their own purposes, in
Europe, Israel, and America. We will conclude with some recent work
by Jewish Studies scholars on the Jewish Jesus in the late twentieth
and early twenty-first centuries.