Jewish Messianism in the Time of Early Christianity

For the Public
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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This lecture will explore Jewish messianism in the period of the early Roman Empire, when Christianity was forming, through a series of snapshots of Herod the Great, Jesus of Nazareth, Simon bar Giora, Bar Kokhba, and R. Judah Ha-Nasi.

About the “Messiahs and Messianism” Series

How did Jews in the past envision and enact messianic futures? Did the appearance of a messianic figure always stand in tension with normative Judaism—and how were such figures received by non-Jews? What traditions and ideas did Jews from the ancient through the early modern world draw on in building messianic movements and myths? Spanning the first through the nineteenth centuries, this series explores the background and outlook of Jewish messianic actors and thinkers, including familiar names and those who are less well known.


About the image above: Illustration from Account of a Journey from Venice to Palestine, Mount Sinai and Egypt (German, ca. 1467), British Library, Egerton 1900, courtesy of


Matthew Novenson

Matthew Novenson

University of Edinburgh

Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh and author of Christ among the Messiahs (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Grammar of Messianism (Oxford University Press, 2017), and other studies in ancient Judaism and Christianity.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.