The Institute for Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul – Book Review

Hays, Richard B. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1989.  Hays begins defining Paul as a First Century Jewish Christian seeking to come to terms hermeneutically with his Jewish heritage. He uses an intertextual approach to examine Paul’s letters. He explores the hermeneutical significance of reading Paul as a …

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The Testing of God’s Son – Book Review

Gerhardsson, Birger. The Testing of God’s Son. (Matthew 4:1-11 & PAR) An Analysis of an Early Christian Midrash. IPF STOCK, Eugene, Oregon, 1966. Gerhardsson in The Testing describes the origin and meaning of the testing of Jesus by Satan as recorded in the three synoptic gospels. He notes there is a short version of the …

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Binyan Av Mi-Katuv Ehad

One of the features of Midrash is linking two or more passages of Scripture together. This often happens when two passages are used sequentially but can also occur when one passage in the commentary is used to explain another. You may have heard the phrase “string of pearls” used to describe this by Christian commentators. …

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Syntagmatic Analysis

Each week the fellows of The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament and I meet via Zoom across three time zones delving deeper into the Judaic and Hellenistic characteristics of Paul’s Midrash, The Oldest Midrash in seven of his epistles from the Source Texts of the Hexateuch and Isaiah. This week we covered …

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Introduction

I’d like to spend a little time sharing where I think The Oldest Midrash and The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament fits into history. We know that there was a Midrash of Iddo from 2 Chronicles 13:22 where Scripture records, “The rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings …

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Greek Genres and Jewish Authors. Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era – Book Review

Adams, Sean A. Greek Genres and Jewish Authors. Negotiating Literary Culture in the Greco-Roman Era. Baylor University Press, Waco, Texas, 2020. Adams’ book is an historical investigation of the ways that Jewish authors engaged literary culture and constructed texts, that is, Jewish literature written in Greek, participating in the historical, geographical and rhetorical world that …

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