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Zur Theologie des 5. Esra-Buches

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G. N. Stanton's hypothesis that 5 Ezra should be interpreted as a part of the JewishChristian reception of the Gospel of Matthew in the aftermath of the Bar-Kokhba-revolt is still widely accepted. This article argues that 5 Ezra is better understood in its relation to earlier Ezra materials. 5 Ezra is a radically anti-Jewish, Christian supersessionist reinterpretation of the canonical books of Ezra and Nehemia as well as the Jewish apocalypse called 4 Ezra.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-05-01

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