A prophet like Moses: Early christian use of the Moses tradition

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Abstract

Moses loomed large in Second Temple Jewish literature as the founder of the Jewish people. The first few generations of Christians had to engage with this reality and locate Jesus in a theological landscape dominated by the figure and the legacy of Moses. This paper will map some of the ways in which different Christian authors during the first 100 years after Easter configured Moses to serve their own purposes of promoting Jesus as the eschatological prophet. This study is not concerned with the historicity of either Moses or Jesus, but rather seeks to explore how the early Jesus communities engaged with the legacy of Moses in the first hundred years of Christianity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssays on Moses from Buenos aires
Subtitle of host publicationMoses in three traditions and in literature
EditorsJohn Greene
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Chapter6
Pages151-187
Number of pages37
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781443843751
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jan 2017

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    Jenks, G. (2017). A prophet like Moses: Early christian use of the Moses tradition. In J. Greene (Ed.), Essays on Moses from Buenos aires: Moses in three traditions and in literature (1st ed., pp. 151-187). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.