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‘Why Do The Nations Conspire?’ Psalm 2 In Post-Biblical Jewish And Christian Traditions

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The study of the relationship between Jewish and Christian interpretations of Scripture has long suffered from a methodological naiveté that was characteristic of the overall approach to the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. After having mapped out the psalm's significance in post-biblical Judaism, more specifically in sources prior to or contemporaneous with the New Testament period, this chapter deals with the Christian evidence of the first four centuries, starting with, but not limiting ourselves, to the New Testament writings. It examines Jewish, mainly rabbinic, sources which are generally later than the New Testament era and can be dated to the Christian patristic period (fourth-fifth century), if not later. The interpretation of Psalm 2 in Judaism and Christianity is a striking example of the complicated forms of interaction that took place between both religious traditions from the period of post-biblical Judaism and early Christianity until the Middle Ages.

Keywords: early Christianity; New Testament; post-biblical Judaism; Psalm 2; Scripture



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