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‘I Have Come to Abolish Sacrifices’ (Epiphanius, Pan. 30.16.5): Re-examining a Jewish Christian Text and Tradition*

  • Simon J. Joseph (a1)
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The Gospel of the Ebionites is a ‘text’ that only exists as fragments cited in and extrapolated from the heresiological writings of Epiphanius (Pan. 30). Like Recognitions 1.27–71, the Gospel of the Ebionites is one of a number of second- and third-century Jewish Christian sources, texts and traditions alleging that Jesus rejected animal sacrifice. In this article, I seek to review the history of research on this particular text and tradition and explore its significance as a case study in the use of non-canonical gospel traditions in New Testament studies.

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I would like to thank Professors Francis Watson and Paul Trebilco for the invitation to submit an article to this journal in light of my recent monograph on the relationship(s) between the historical Jesus, sacrifice, and the Temple. See Simon J. Joseph, Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context (SNTSMS 165; Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016). Special thanks also to Prof. Watson for his editorial comments and suggestions on this paper.

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J. Bourgel , ‘ Reconnaissances 1.27–71, ou la réponse d'un groupe judéo-chrétien de Judée au désastre du soulèvement de Bar-Kokhba’, NTS 61 (2015) 3949

J. Munck , ‘Jewish Christianity in Post-Apostolic Times’, NTS 6 (1960) 103–16

F. S. Jones , ‘The Book of Elchasai in its Relevance for Manichaean Institutions with a Supplement: The Book of Elchasai Reconstructed and Translated’, ARAM 16 (2004) 179215

C.-B. Amphoux , ‘L’Évangile selon les Hébreux: Source de L’Évangile de Luc’, Apocrypha 6 (1995) 6777

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New Testament Studies
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