Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Baruch M. Bokser
This study is the result of several years reading and discussion on the general theme of 'Christian Students of Rabbinic Literature.' During this period of reading and reflection, three facts emerged. First, it became increasingly apparent that a Christian scholar making a serious study of rabbinic texts is not an isolated phenomenon in the history of the Church. A significant number of Christian scholars from the patristic period on have been actively engaged in such study. Second, few among them have been taken seriously either by Jewish or by Christian scholars. Third, many Christian rabbinic scholars have, nonetheless, shown themselves competent in the study of rabbinic sources. How to approach their work, and by what method one ought to evaluate it, remain the pressing problem for those who wish to utilize it in their own studies.
Rettberg, Daniel J., "Paul Billerbeck as Student of Rabbinic Literature: A Description and Analysis of His Interpretive Methodology" (1986). Dropsie College Theses. 41.
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