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Related Strangers: Jews and Christians 70-170 C.E.

Related Strangers

Jews and Christians 70-170 C.E.

Stephen G. Wilson (Author)

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This book examines Jewish-Christian relations during one of the most formative but also most obscure centuries, when many of the features that have characterized the interaction of Jews and Christians down to this day were first formulated. Starting from incisive description of canonical and noncanonical literature of this period, Wilson clarifies perceptions of the different groups that were in dialogue and dispute.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800637330
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 432
  • Publication Date December 1, 2004

Endorsements

"This excellent book is lively, learned, and accessible. Stephen Wilson is master of a very wide range of early Christian and Jewish writings: there is no comparable discussion available. Scholars and students alike will value the author's clarity and balanced judgment."
— Graham N. Stanton, King's College, London

"This book is a comprehensive, sensible, sober, and irenic survey of a great deal of complicated material. It calls yet again for scholarly attention to an important formative period for Christianity and hence Christianity's thoughts on Jews and Judaism. It will ahve an enormous effect on the field."
— Alan F. Segal, Barnard College

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations of Modern Sources
    Abbreviations of Ancient Sources
    Introduction

  1. THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT

    The Jewish Revolts and Their Consequences
    Jews, Christians, and Roman Politics
    The Jews in Roman Society
    The Christians in Roman Society
    Conclusion

  2. JEWS AND JUDAISM IN THE CANONICAL NARRATIVES

    Mark: The Shadow of War — Apocalypse and Crisis
    Matthew: The Shadow of Yavneh — Authority and Praxis
    Luke-Acts: The Shadow of Rome — Synagogue and State
    John: The Shadow of Orthodoxy — From Messianism to Ditheism
    Conclusion

  3. APOCRYPHA

    Christian Apocrypha
    Christian Adaptations of Jewish Apocrypha
    Conclusion

  4. SUPERSESSION: HEBREWS AND BARNABAS

    The Epistle to the Hebrews
    The Epistle of Barnabas
    Summary

  5. JEWISH CHRISTIANS AND GENTILE JUDAIZERS

    Jewish Christians
    Gentile Judaizers
    Conclusion

  6. JEWISH REACTIONS TO CHRISTIANITY

    Jewish Persecution of Christians
    The Yavnean Sagas
    Jewish Allusions to Jesus and Christians
    Conclusion

  7. GNOSTICS AND MARCIONITES

    Gnosticism
    Marcion
    Conclusion

  8. PATTERNS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

    Dependence and Independence in Early Christian Worship
    From Sabbath to Sunday
    From Passover to Easter
    Melito's Paschal Homily
    Summary

  9. DIALOGUE AND DISPUTE: JUSTIN

    Address
    Main Themes
    Background and Sources
    Justin's Trypho and Celsus' Jew
    Summary

  10. AN OVERVIEW

    Notes
    Modern Author Index
    Subject Index
    Ancient Sources Index
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