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The Jews Among Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire Kindle Edition

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"In short, students of early Christianity and the fathers will find something of interest in every chapter, even f there is considerable variety in the extent to which authors delve into detail and document their assertions."-"Vigiliae Christiane ..."the papers collected together in this anthology contain many valuable insights into the current state of scholarly debate on a host of issues surrounding the fields of early Christianity, Hellenistic and Rabbinic Judaisms, and Roman history. Furthermore, each essay includes a helpful bibliography and the volume as a whole includes a brief glossary, a chronological guide, maps, and an index which make it quite useful as a research tool."-"Church History

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5828 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (15 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDUUR1W
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The purpose of this book is to challenge the view that the defeat of paganism and the triumph of Christianity is the main narrative for the study of Roman religious history. It aims to establish a central role for the Jews 'who must in one way or another have influenced the ideas and behaviour of their pagan and Christian neighbours'. It's an assertion designed to substantiate the thesis that Judaism was as important in the Roman Empire as all other religions. Religious pluralism, it is claimed, had a major impact on the relationship between society and religion. The authors wish to focus on Jews in order to provide an overall reinterpretation of the overcoming of paganism by Christianity. They recognise that in Christian theology Judaism paved the way for Christ who was the Messiah the Jews rejected. They try to paint the Diaspora as mainstream, authentic and original. This does not explain the expulsion of the Jews from Rome in 139 BC which appears to have been based on distaste for Jewish methods of doing business and their proselytlising.

Underlying the authors' interpretation is the market place model of religion in which different religions compete against each other for recognition and influence. It is claimed, 'the Judaism from which Christianity was born was far from monolithic and already part of the Gaeco-Roman world'. This is clear from the existence of Pharisees with their emphasis on the law and the atheistic Sadducees which means the author is stating the obvious rather than introducing anything new. Jewish identity has traditionally been depicted as isolationist. Fergus Millar claims Jewish history reveals co-existence as well as conflict with some Jews adhering to Christian and Jewish values.
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