29. Jewish Readings of Paul

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Daniel R. Langton

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch29

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Langton, D. R. (2011) Jewish Readings of Paul, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch29

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • Jewish readings of Paul;
  • premodern Jewish views of Paul, of the medieval Toledot Yeshu or Story of Jesus - the apostle Paul, being not only responsible for establishment of Christianity;
  • Paul, introducing innovations with regard to festivals and the law - tracing back to earlier Jewish writings;
  • awakening of Jewish interest in Paul - in the Modern Period;
  • Jewish comprehension of Christianity - its relations to the Jews, shifting from a traditional, providential perspective to a historicist, rationalist one;
  • Paul and Jewish criticism of Christianity - utilizing Paul as part of a wider program, stressing differences between Judaism and Christianity;
  • Paul and Jewish interest - in improving interfaith relations;
  • Wise's hypothesis, and exclusive dependence - upon the Talmud, unique among Jewish writers on Paul;
  • Paul as a Dialogical Partner - for Jewish self-understanding;
  • Paul, intersection of Jewish and Christian cultures - symbiotic relationship, Judaism and Christianity, and between Jewish and Christian religious cultures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Premodern Jewish Views of Paul

  • The Awakening of Jewish Interest in Paul in the Modern Period

  • Paul and Jewish Criticism of Christianity

  • Paul and Jewish Interest in Improving Interfaith Relations

  • Paul and Modern Jewish Identity: Intra-Jewish Debate and Zionism

  • Paul as a Dialogical Partner for Jewish Self-understanding

  • Paul and Jewish Treatments from Non-religious Perspectives

  • Conclusion: Paul as an Intersection of Jewish and Christian Cultures

  • References