The Messianic Controversy

The possibility for real and deep dialogue between Jews and Christians depends on honest conversation that does not shy away from controversy.

The possibility for real and deep dialogue between Jews and Christians depends on honest conversation that does not shy away from controversy. To understand the roots of Jewish-Christian conflict, which date to the time of Jesus, we must understand the messianic conceptions among Jewish groups at that time and the self-understanding of the historical Jesus.

In this session, Israel Knohl explores the claim that ancient Israel had two different and contradictory conceptions about the king-messiah, both reflected in the Hebrew Bible: one that understood this figure as the son of God and another that completely differentiated between the Divine and the human messiah.

This program was recorded during our interfaith symposium on Truth, Difference and Loyalty in February 2021.

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