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Between Epic Entertainment and Polemical Exegesis: Jesus as Antihero in Toledot Yeshu

Alexandra Cuffel

in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264629
eISBN:
9780823266821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers the dissemination of the anti-Christian text known as the Toledot Yeshu (“Life of Jesus”). The author shows that recent discoveries of many more versions of the Toledot Yeshu ... More


Jews and Christians

Stephen J. Davis

in Christ Child: Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300149456
eISBN:
9780300206609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300149456.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 6 focuses on how the infancy tales were taken up in Jewish-Christian encounter. In the first section of the chapter, a close examination of the “Childhood Deeds” reveals signs of social ... More


The Toledot Yeshu as Midrash

William Horbury

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter describes the narrative of the Toledot yeshu, which retells the story of Jesus and the rise of Christianity. Lively and memorable in its fabulous elements, the Toledot yeshu offers ... More


A Moses for the Idolaters: Balaam as Christ

Ellen D. Haskell

in Mystical Resistance: Uncovering the Zohar's Conversations with Christianity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190600433
eISBN:
9780190600457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600433.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter is the first of two dealing with the Zohar’s reinvention of the gentile prophet Balaam to challenge Christian claims regarding Jesus’ death and ascension. It shows how the Zoharic ... More


Historiography

Eyal Ben-Eliyahu, Yehudah Cohn, and Fergus Millar

in Handbook of Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity, 135–700 CE

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265222
eISBN:
9780191771873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265222.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter describes the following texts: Seder Olam; The Scroll of Fasting; Scholion to Megillat Taanit; and Toledot Yeshu. For each of these texts, details on the contents, dating, language, ... More


“Jesus is Going to Be Stoned”: Pilate’s Innocence in Judaic Tradition

David Lloyd Dusenbury

in The Innocence of Pontius Pilate: How the Roman Trial of Jesus Shaped History

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197602799
eISBN:
9780197610893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197602799.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Anti-Semitic interpretations of the gospels and Christian hostility towards Jews are both rooted, in terribly complex ways, in the first centuries of the Christian era. The death of Jesus is ... More


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