Pinchas Lapide (November 28, 1922—October 23, 1997) was a Jewish theologian and Israeli historian. He was an Israeli diplomat from 1951 to 1969, among other position acting as Israeli Consul to Milan, and was instrumental in gaining recognition for the young state of Israel. He wrote more than 35 books during his lifetime. Pinchas Lapide was married to Ruth Lapide with whom he shared his interests and endeavors.
On 25 August 1975 Lapide and Hans Kung broadcast a dialogue on German radio on Jesus. Lapide followed this with interactions with other theologians, including Jurgen Moltmann.
His book “The Resurrection of Jesus” takes liberal theologians to task for denying the resurrection of Jesus, but his own views are not always clear, and capable of various interpretations. This was my impression when I met him in London in the 1980s.
Here are some excerpts from the dialogue, and an article I wrote about him.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the research of Pinchas Lapide, and his openness to the resurrection of Yeshua. His own willingness to dialogue with Christian theologians and his awareness of the Jewish reclamation of Jesus paved the way for Messianic Jews today to situate themselves more firmly as fully Jewish and fully believing in Yeshua as Messiah. Help us to edialogue with all people of good will, scholarship and convictions, whatever beliefs they may hold. In Yeshua’s name we pray. Amen.
dialogue online at: