The evil inclination in early Judaism and Christianity

James K Aitken (Editor), Hector M Patmore (Editor), Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Editor)

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"One of the central concepts in rabbinic Judaism is the notion of the 'Evil Inclination', which appears to be related to similar concepts in ancient Christianity and the wider late antique world. The precise origins and understanding of the idea, however, are unknown. This volume traces the development of this concept historically in Judaism and assesses its impact on emerging Christian thought concerning the origins of sin. The essays, which cover a wide range of sources including the Bible, the Ancient Versions, Qumran, Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha, the Targums Rabbinic and Patristic literature, advance our understanding of the intellectual exchange between Jews and Christians in classical Antiquity, as well as the intercultural exchange between these communities and the societies in which they were situated"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom; New York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages371
ISBN (Electronic)9781108557153
ISBN (Print)9781108470827, 1108564445, 1108557155, 1108470823
StatePublished - 2021

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Evil inclination (Judaism)
  • Good and evil (Judaism)
  • Good and evil -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
  • Good and evil -- Religious aspects -- Judaism
  • Sin -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600
  • Yetser ha-raʻ (Judaism)
  • Yetzer hara (Judaism)
  • Yeṣer haraʼ (Judaism)
  • Yeẓer ha-ra (Judaism)
  • טוב ורע -- היבטים דתיים -- יהדות
  • טוב ורע -- היבטים דתיים -- נצרות
  • الخير والشر -- أبعاد دينية -- المسيحية
  • الخير والشر -- أبعاد دينية -- اليهودية


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