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Schäfer, Peter 1943-

Works: 141 works in 475 publications in 6 languages and 13,116 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference proceedings  Sources  Biography  Manuscripts  Dictionaries  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Creator, Other
Classifications: BM620, 296.1206
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Most widely held works by Peter Schäfer
Jesus in the Talmud by Peter Schäfer( )
20 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and German and held by 1,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Scattered throughout the Talmud, the founding document of rabbinic Judaism in late antiquity, can be found quite a few references to Jesus--and they're not flattering. In this lucid, richly detailed, and accessible book, Peter Schäfer examines how the rabbis of the Talmud read, understood, and used the New Testament Jesus narrative to assert, ultimately, Judaism's superiority over Christianity. The Talmudic stories make fun of Jesus' birth from a virgin, fervently contest his claim to be the Messiah and Son of God, and maintain that he was rightfully executed as a blasphemer and idolater. They subvert the Christian idea of Jesus' resurrection and insist he got the punishment he deserved in hell - -and that a similar fate awaits his followers. Schäfer contends that these stories betray a remarkable familiarity with the Gospels - especially Matthew and John - and represent a deliberate and sophisticated anti-Christian polemic that parodies the New Testament narratives. He carefully distinguishes between Babylonian and Palestinian sources, arguing that the rabbis' proud and self-confident countermessage to that of the evangelists was possible only in the unique historical setting of Persian Babylonia, in a Jewish community that lived in relative freedom. The same could not be said of Roman and Byzantine Palestine, where the Christians aggressively consolidated their political power and the Jews therefore suffered."--Jacket
The hidden and manifest God some major themes in early Jewish mysticism by Peter Schäfer( )
5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Jewish Jesus How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other by Peter Schäfer( )
12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In late antiquity, as Christianity emerged from Judaism, it was not only the new religion that was being influenced by the old. The rise and revolutionary challenge of Christianity also had a profound influence on rabbinic Judaism, which was itself just emerging and, like Christianity, trying to shape its own identity. In The Jewish Jesus, Peter Schäfer reveals the crucial ways in which various Jewish heresies, including Christianity, affected the development of rabbinic Judaism. He even shows that some of the ideas that the rabbis appropriated from Christianity were actually reappropriated Jewish ideas. The result is a demonstration of the deep mutual influence between the sister religions, one that calls into question hard and fast distinctions between orthodoxy and heresy, and even Judaism and Christianity, during the first centuries CE
Jewish studies between the disciplines Judaistik zwischen den Disziplinen : papers in honor of Peter Schäfer on the occasion of his 60th birthday ( )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For someone directing a "small" academic institution, Peter Schafer has managed during his academic career to guide and influence a large number of students in their scholarly pursuits in Jewish studies. This work covers topics such as mysticism and magic, and Rabbinic Judaism
Judeophobia : attitudes toward the Jews in the ancient world by Peter Schäfer( Book )
15 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Judeophobia firmly establishes Hellenistic Egypt as the generating source of anti-Semitism, with roots extending back into Egypt's per-Hellenistic history. A pattern of ingrained hostility toward an alien culture emerges when Schafer surveys an illuminating spectrum of comments on Jews and their religion in Greek and Roman writings. He then probes key incidents, two fierce outbursts of hostility in Egypt: the destruction of a Jewish temple in Elephantine in 410 B.C.E. and the riots in Alexandria in 38 C.E. Asking what fueled these attacks on Jewish communities, the author discovers deep-seated ethnic resentments. It was from Egypt that hatred of Jews, based on allegations of impiety, xenophobia, and misanthropy, was transported first to Syria-Palestine and then to Rome, where it acquired a new element: fear of this small but distinctive community. To the hatred and fear, ingredients of Christian theology were soon added - a mix all too familiar in Western history
The history of the Jews in the Greco-Roman world by Peter Schäfer( Book )
31 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines Judaism in Palestine throughout the Hellenistic period, from Alexander the Great's conquest in 334 BC to its capture by the Arabs in AD 636
Mirror of His beauty : feminine images of God from the Bible to the early Kabbalah by Peter Schäfer( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this beautifully realized study, Peter Schafer investigates the origins of a female manifestation of God in Jewish mysticism. The search itself is a fascinating exploration of the idea of a feminine divinity. And Schafer's surprising but persuasive conclusions yield deeper understanding of the complex but frequently intimate relationship between Christianity and Judaism - and of the development of religious concepts more generally. Toward the end of the twelfth century, a small book titled the Bahir (Light) appeared in Provence. The first document of Judaism's emerging kabbalistic movement, it introduced a completely new view of God, one that included a divine potency that was essentially female. This female divinity was portrayed both as a mediator between Jews and God and as part of the Godhead itself. Examining Judaic history from the biblical Wisdom tradition to the Middle Ages, Schafer finds some precedents for the Kabbalah's feminine divinity. But he cannot account for her forceful appearance in twelfth-century southern France without reference to the immediate Christian environment, particularly the flourishing veneration of the Virgin Mary. Indeed, twelfth-century Jews and Christians were simultaneously rediscovering the feminine as an aspect of the Godhead after having abandoned it in favor of either an abstract, disembodied God or an exclusively male one. In proposing that the medieval cult of Mary - rather than eastern Gnosticism - is the appropriate framework for understanding the feminine elements in Jewish mysticism, Mirror of His Beauty represents a sea change in Kabbalah and Jewish-Christian cultural studies. It shifts our attention from the Byzantine East to the Latin Christian West. And in contrast to histories that treat the development of Judaism and Christianity in isolation, it leads us to a fuller understanding of Jews and Christians living in proximity, aware of each other."--Publisher's description
The origins of Jewish mysticism by Peter Schäfer( Book )
18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Envisioning magic : a Princeton seminar and symposium ( Book )
8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Toward the millennium : messianic expectations from the Bible to Waco ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studien zur Geschichte und Theologie des rabbinischen Judentums by Peter Schäfer( Book )
7 editions published in 1978 in German and French and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Übersetzung der Hekhalot-Literatur ( Book )
11 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in German and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Bar Kokhba-Aufstand : Studien zum zweiten jüdischen Krieg gegen Rom by Peter Schäfer( Book )
4 editions published in 1981 in German and Undetermined and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bar Kokhba War reconsidered : new perspectives on the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kleines Lexikon des Judentums by Johann Maier( Book )
27 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ein kleines, allgemeinverständliches Lexikon zur jüdischen Religion, das auch die Entwicklung des Judentums bis heute berücksichtigt
The Talmud Yerushalmi and Graeco-Roman culture by Peter Schäfer( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and German and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geschichte der Juden in der Antike : die Juden Palästinas von Alexander dem Grossen bis zur arabischen Eroberung by Peter Schäfer( Book )
8 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in German and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Peter Schäfer gibt einen umfassenden Überblick über die politische und ökonomische Lage Palästinas zwischen 333 v. Chr. und 638 n. Chr. Dabei bezieht er andere Meinungen in seine Untersuchung mit ein und setzt sich kritisch mit den vorhandenen Quellen auseinander
Die Vorstellung vom heiligen Geist in der rabbinischen Literatur by Peter Schäfer( Book )
5 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in German and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synopse zur Hekhalot-Literatur ( Book )
8 editions published in 1981 in Hebrew and German and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rivalität zwischen Engeln und Menschen : Untersuchungen z. rabbin. Engelvorstellung by Peter Schäfer( Book )
7 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in German and Undetermined and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Schaefer, Petrus 1943-
Schäfer, P. 1943-
Schafer, Peter.
Schäfer-Wiczorke, .. 1943-
Schefer, Peter.
Šefer, P. 1943-
Šefer, Peṭer 1943-
Shefer, Peṭer 1943-
שאפער, פטר 1943-
שפער, פטר 1943-
שפר, פטר
שפר, פטר 1943-
シェーファー, ペーター
English (122)
German (67)
Italian (8)
Hebrew (5)
Spanish (4)
French (1)