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Much ado about nothing ? Jesus’ Sabbath healings and their Halakhic implications revisited.

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Durham Research Online Deposited in DRO: 28 June 2011 Version of attached file: Published Version Peer-review status of attached file: Peer-reviewed Citation for published item: Doering, Lutz (2008) ’Much ado about nothing ? Jesus Sabbath healings and their Halakhic implications revisited.’, in Judaistik und Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft : Standorte Grenzen Beziehungen. Gttingen: Vandenhoeck Ruprecht, pp. 213-241. FRLANT 226. Further information on publisher’s website: Publisher’s copyright statement: Additional information: Use policy The full-text may be used and/or reproduced, and given to third parties in any format or medium, without prior permission or charge, for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes provided that: • a full bibliographic reference is made to the original source • a link is made to the metadata record in DRO • the full-text is not changed in any way The full-text must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders. Please consult the full DRO policy for further details. Durham University Library, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LY, United Kingdom Tel : +44 (0)191 334 3042 — Fax : +44 (0)191 334 2971 Lutz Doering Much Ado about Nothing? Jesus’ Sabbath Healings and their Halakhic Implications Revisited* 1. For many years, views on Jesus’ stance toward the Sabbath have been dominated by approaches seeing Jesus critical, some of them extremely critical, of the Sabbath. Especially for Protestant scholars the Sabbath was, alongside ritual purity and the antitheses, main proof of Jesus’ critical atti- tude toward “the Law.” Thus, to take but one example, Ernst Käsemann stated in his influential article “The Problem of the Historical Jesus”: “Jesus felt himself in a position to override, with an unparalleled and sovereign free- dom, the words of the Torah and the authority of M

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