Leading up to Easter, I thought I’d trace the long-unknown concept found within ancient Judaism of a dying Messiah. In Messiah ben Joseph (review here), David Mitchell seeks to establish that the prominent and ancient Jewish tradition of a suffering, dying and rising Messiah was not a response to the life of Jesus, and certainly not that of Bar Kochba or Josephus. Rather, he is found within the Pentateuch itself. Mitchell’s two-pillar argument is found in deciphering the eschatological blessings of Jacob and Moses on Joseph’s seed in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33. In this post, we will consider the first.
A number of months ago I reviewed Logos Mobile Education by way of John Walton’s Old Testament Genres course. This was part of a bundle with his Origins of Genesis 1-3 course, so I thought it high time to review it! Since much of what I already said applies to this course, I will simply summarize some of the content.