Judaism and Christianity – from the Same Womb?

Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini

Dr. Yeshaya Gruber

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"The idea of the Messiah as a savior from the power of evil makes sense only if you believe in the power of evil!" Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini


Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini is professor of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Michigan. He is the founding director of the important Enoch Seminar and has authored numerous studies, including Roots of Rabbinic Judaism: An Intellectual History from Ezekiel to Daniel and (with Piero Stefani) Dallo stesso grembo. Le origini del cristianesimo e del giudaismo rabbinicos [From the Same Womb: The Origins of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism]. In this thought-provoking and sensitive discussion with Dr. Yeshaya Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, Dr. Boccaccini explains his interpretation of parallel developments in Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Hellenistic Judaism that all have their roots in the diverse and turbulent world of the Second Temple period. Are the Jewish and Christian religions and denominations enemies, siblings, or both? Why did they diverge based on different ideas about the origin of evil? And how have reconciliation and renewed understanding become possible after centuries of antagonism, demonization, and persecution?

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