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The New Testament And Rabbinic Study—An Historical Sketch

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New Testament interpreters have had recourse to rabbinic tradition since the time when that tradition was itself in the process of formation. This chapter discusses about the continuity in the long history of the study of the New Testament in the light of rabbinic literature. Three elements of biblical study in the early Church together constitute a kind of praeparatio rabbinica, a preparation for the approach to the New Testament through rabbinic tradition. First, the New Testament itself includes passages on Jewish tradition which form a group and were considered as such by the Fathers. Secondly, within the Church there was a corresponding awareness that Jews claimed to have ancestral traditions. Thirdly, sometimes these attempts suggest, as already noted, at least indirect contact with the rabbinic tradition which was itself at this period in the course of development.

Keywords: Church; Jewish tradition; New Testament; rabbinic literature

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