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Gentiles—Jews—Christians: Polemics and Apologetics in the Greco-Roman Era

Gentiles—Jews—Christians

Polemics and Apologetics in the Greco-Roman Era

Hans Conzelmann (Author)

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The roots of anti–Judaism and Jewish–Christian dialogue are examined in their historical contexts with a wide array of Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian sources. This is Conzelmann's final academic masterpiece.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800698263
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 432
  • Publication Date January 3, 2011

Contents

    Preface
    Translator's Preface

    In Memoriam Hans Conzelmann
    Dietz Lange

    Theology as Exegesis: In Memory of Hans Conzelmann
    Edward Lohse

    Abbreviations
    Introduction

    I. THE POLITICAL BACKGROUND

    Preliminary Remarks
    Extrinsic Data
    The Situation of the Jews in Egypt and Cyrene
    The Situation of the Jews in the Roman Empire

    II. THE EVALUATION OF JUDAISM IN GRECO-ROMAN LITERATURE

    Preliminary Remarks
    Greek Authors
    Roman Authors
    Summary: Ancient "Anti-Semitism"

    III. THE DEBATE OF HELLENISTIC JUDAISM WITH THE HELLENISTIC-ROMAN WORLD

    Preliminary Remarks
    The Scriptures: Preparation in the LXX
    Hellenistic-Jewish Literature Outside the Bible
    Summary: The Jewish Apologetic

    IV. CHRISTIANS AND JEWS FROM THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTIANITY UNTIL THE TIME OF ORIGEN

    Preliminary Remarks on Perspective
    A Sketch of the Political Situation
    First Experience of Christians with Jews
    The Fully Developed Apologetic Situation


    Bibliography
    Scripture Index
    Ancient Sources
    Modern Authors

Endorsements

"Conzelmann's work is, first and foremost, theological. He seeks to describe each group in light of its self–understanding(s) and devotes particular attention to the question of salvation history. The results are often interesting and will, no doubt, stimulate debate. This sheer wealth of references alone practically guarantees the work's value."
—Richard I. Pervo
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary


"Since it is so important to reject an inhumane anti–Semitism and to encourage the formation of a truly human relationship between Christians and Jews, it is indispensable to investigate the history of their mutual relations as precisely as possible. In his historical account, worked out from beginning to end in direct engagement with the primary sources...Hans Conzelmann attempts to create the necessary presuppositions for dialogue by urging that the real problem not be masked by explanations made too quickly. He wants to emphasize the theological significance of the basic issues that bear on the discussion."
—Bishop Eduard Lohse
formerly of the University of Göttingen

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