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The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew
Sigal, Phillip

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. xxvii + 262. $29.95/$145.00

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Description: This is a republished edition of Sigalís pioneering work with a new preface by Eugene Fisher of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and an updating epilogue by Thomas Kazen of the Stockholm School of Theology. Sigal argues that, from a halakhic perspective, Jesusí teachings on Sabbath and divorce in the Gospel of Matthew use the same methods of interpretation as those of his proto-rabbinic contemporaries. The Jesus of the Gospel of Matthew should thus be seen as a charismatic prophetic first-century proto-rabbió independent in his halakhah and frequently anticipating later rabbinic positionsórather than as transcending proto-rabbinic halakhah or as an adherent of a particular school. Sigal concludes that, had it not been for the expulsion of Christian Jews from the synagogues after 90 C.E., Jesus could have been remembered as one of the rabbis of the Mishnah and that neither Christology nor halakhah were decisive for the break.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature

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Review by Roland Deines
Published 7/19/2008
Citation: Roland Deines, review of Phillip Sigal, The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Dorothy Jean Weaver
Published 7/19/2008
Citation: Dorothy Jean Weaver, review of Phillip Sigal, The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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