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The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus and the Death, Burial, and Translation of Moses in Judaic Tradition
Aus, Roger David

Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2008 pp. xxii + 318. $45.00


Description: A widespread early Palestinian Jewish saying was "As the first redeemer of Israel, so the last redeemer of Israel": as Moses, so the Messiah. This was the major reason why the death, burial, and translation of Moses to heaven in primarily Palestinian early Jewish tradition greatly influenced the descriptions of numerous accounts in the Gospels. The most significant examples of this are Jesus' burial by Joseph of Arimathea in Mark 15:42-46, and the narrative of the empty tomb in 16:1-8. Striking new insights into the background and significance of these episodes are gained here through an analysis of early Jewish materials.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by James Crossley
Published 6/6/2009
Citation: James Crossley, review of Roger David Aus, The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus and the Death, Burial, and Translation of Moses in Judaic Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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