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Introduction - The New Testament as witness for early jewish exegesis

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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on links between the exegetical trends current in various Second Temple Jewish circles and patterns of New Testament conversation with Jewish Scripture. It focuses on the complex exegetical moves employed in the New Testament and outlines the exact relation between the inherited and innovative features in the work of the earliest Christian exegetes. The book deals mostly with the other side of exegetical entanglement, paying special attention to the instances of exegetic similarity and their interpretation: Do they point to a closeness of the early Jesus movement to a particular Jewish group, or do they bear witness to a wide contemporaneous circulation of certain exegetical patterns? Alternatively, what is the relation between the variety of exegetic approaches attested in the New Testament and the variety characteristic of the wider Jewish milieu?

Keywords: Christian exegetes; Jesus movement; Jewish Exegesis; New Testament; Qumran; rabbinic traditions; Second Temple Jewish circles; witness



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