“John 3:13 seems to be a direct rebuttal of other Jewish claims to heavenly journeys and apocalyptic visions (only Jesus is the designated revealer of God)…” That point interested me, since the church in which I grew up (Armstrongism) appealed to that verse to argue that Enoch and Elijah did not go to heaven. Dunn has an idea about how that fit into John’s agenda: John was drawing from the tradition of people ascending to heaven, but John wanted to say that Jesus alone did this.
In the seventeenth post regarding my recap/review of James Dunn’s newest volume Neither Jew nor Greek I will draw out a particularly fascinating discussion on how the Fourth Gospel contributed (and in what sense) to the ‘Parting of the Ways’ between Judaism and Christianity (section 46).
Dunn outlines this chapter by first discussing how the terms ‘Judaism’ and ‘Christianity are unhelpful terms because they are not defined and distinguished entities during this period of inquiry. He moves on to note some of the early strains between the followers of Jesus and their Jewish counterparts, such as the death of the Messiah, the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus, and the lynching of Stephen in Acts 7. Furthermore, Rome’s involvement certainly caused ripples between the two groups with the destruction of the temple (70 CE), the fiscus Judaicus, and the revolts in 115-117 and 132-135 CE. During this time Judaism was…
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