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Jewish Martyrology and the Death of Jesus

David A. deSilva

in The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195329001
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329001.003.0007
Jewish Martyrology and the Death of Jesus

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Reflection on the deaths of the Maccabean martyrs such as one finds in 2 Maccabees 6–7 and 4 Maccabees, together with the development of traditions concerning the violent deaths of the major prophets, provides a sufficient basis for Jesus' expectation, and articulation of this expectation during his lifetime, of a violent death as the outcome of his witness. Jewish martyrology also provides sufficient basis for his expectation both of vindication through resurrection and his expectation that his obedience to God to the point of suffering death with bring benefits to the Jewish nation, or at least his followers, within the framework of the covenant (or the inauguration of the new covenant).

Keywords: martyrs; 2 Maccabees; Vicarious death; Deuteronomistic theodicy; Jesus; death of Jesus; Passion predictions; new covenant

Chapter.  8469 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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