Original Research - Special Collection: Old and New Testament Studies

The emerging Jewish views of the messiahship of Jesus and their bearing on the question of his resurrection

David Mishkin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2881 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2881 | © 2015 David Mishkin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 December 2014 | Published: 24 August 2015

About the author(s)

David Mishkin, Israel College of the Bible, Netanya, Israel; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article surveys the beliefs of Jewish scholars who have written about the historical Jesus. Specifically, it explores the modern Jewish scholarship on the person and role of the Messiah and how this relates to the study of the resurrection of Jesus. Many of the traditional beliefs about the messiah preclude a discussion of the resurrection of Jesus. However, with more understanding of the background of Second-Temple Judaism, many long-held beliefs about the messiah are being re-evaluated. The three main issues discussed in this article are the concept of a pagan messiah, the death of the messiah and the possibility of a divine messiah.


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