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The Conversion of Hillel II

Ishim ve-Shitot has some comments on, and refers us to, an interesting post at Biblicalia about the conversion of the Patriarch Hillel II as described in the writings of Epiphanius of Salamis. There is a discussion of the story here in French. I’ll try and find some time to look it over later. Also, I wonder if anyone who has Daniel Boyarin’s Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity can check to see if he discusses the story.

Update: If I understood what S.C. Mimouni wrote about the story of Hillel II’s alleged conversion correctly, there are strong doubts about its historicity. There are chronological problems regarding the order of the Jewish Patriarchs, and there is also complete silence about it in Jewish sources, as pointed out at Ishim ve-Shitot. See also here and here.

2 Responses to “The Conversion of Hillel II”

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    Thanks! I wonder if you have any sources on the Jacob Mina’ah narratives. The fact that we have two Jacob\James’s who are Dr.’s and Christians and engage in debate placed at two different time periods seems a bit too coincindental.

    (For some reason all of the Yeshu narratives seem to have very confused chronologies. I haven’t seen an adequate explantion of this.)

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    Menachem Mendel:

    There’s an article in English that is referenced in Studia Patristica: “The Stories of Joseph of Tiberias,” T. C. G. Thornton, Vigiliae Christianae, Vol. 44, No. 1. I’ll try and get it in the next week or so when I can access JSTOR.




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