Dropsie College Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-29-1986

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

David Goldenberg

Second Advisor

Baruch M. Bokser

Third Advisor

Jacob Agus


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.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Thesis. BM535 .R488 1986.

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