"The Ways That Never Parted marks a major paradigm shift
in our understanding of the complex interactions between
Jewish and Christian tradition. This outstanding collection,
with its lucid and incisive introduction, offers students and
scholars an exciting range of new approaches to the history
of western culture."
Elaine Pagels, Harrington Professor of Religion,
"A remarkably original and exciting approach to the
beginnings of both Christianity and rabbinic Judaism.
Rather than Christianity emerging as a repudiation of
Judaism, this book demonstrates that both religions
took shape during the same era, influencing one another
through close contacts, and that only after 400 C.E.
can we speak of two separate religions."
Susannah Heschel, author of Abraham Geiger and
the Jewish Jesus
"The dramatic purge of the landscape of ancient religion that left Judaism and Christianity as lone survivors standing in the west did not come naturally, or easily, or quickly. The Ways That Never Parted opens important new lines of sight into a noisy, prolonged, and surprising history."
James J. O'Donnell, Professor of Classics, Georgetown University