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Jesus and the Rites of Repentance

  • Tobias Hägerland
Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 166-187
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: New Testament Studies
Volym: 52
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Cambridge University Press


The question as to whether Jesus preached repentance has been discussed in historical Jesus research over the past twenty years, apparently without any scholarly consensus being at hand. This article seeks to eliminate some unnecessary confusion from the debate by investigating early Jewish conceptions of repentance and suggesting that a distinction should be maintained between moral and ritual repentance. It argues that Jesus, while most probably expecting moral repentance of his followers, did not uphold the customary rites of repentance. The article suggests some reasons for Jesus' avoidance of traditional penitential prayers and practices, which may account for the instances of strong criticism against him indicated by the synoptic Gospels.


  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • penitential rites
  • Historical Jesus
  • early Judaism


  • ISSN: 0028-6885

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