Religious Studies | Topics in the History of Judaism: The Jewish Jesus from Late Antiquity to the Present
A430 | 27851 | S. Magid


The above course carries COLL A & H distribution credit
Above class meets with another section of REL-A430
Previously REL-R445
Please see REL-A430 (27851) for description
From the inception of Christianity in the first century CE, Jews,
Jewish-Christians, and later Gentile –Christians have struggled with
the fact that Jesus was born and died a Jew, that (most of ) the
apostles were Jews, and that Jesus’ teachings, as documented in the
New Testament, were largely drawn from Jewish teaching of the time.
There is little in early Christianity that does not have some
precedent in Ancient Israelite literature of the time, perhaps even
the controversial (from a Jewish perspective) notions of incarnation
and a resurrected messiah. Once Christianity moved from being a
persecuted minority in the Roman Empire to its dominant religion
after the conversion of Constantine, Jewish attitudes toward
Christianity in general and Jesus in particular became almost
exclusively negative. This negative attitude began to change in the
19th century as Jews entered civil society in Europe and began re-
thinking their own historical roots. Christianity’s search for the
historical Jesus and Judaism’s desire to be accepted by their
Christian neighbors contributed to a more complex assessment of the
Jewish Jesus in the 20th century.  We will look at primary and
secondary materials about Jesus’ Jewishness by both Christians and
Jews from late antiquity to the modern period.