Neither Jew Nor Greek?: Constructing Early Christianity

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A&C Black, Oct 20, 2005 - Religion - 288 pages
In this book, Judith Lieu explores the formation and shaping of early Christian identity within Judaism and within the wider Graeco-Roman world in the period before 200 C.E. Bringing to bear the latest analytical methods, she particularly examines the way that literary texts presented early Christianity. She combines this with interdisciplinary historical investigation and interaction with the most recent work on Judaism in late Antiquity and on the Graeco-Roman world. The result is a very significant contribution in four of the key questions in current New Testament scholarship: how did early Christian identity come to be formed; how should we best describe and understand the processes by which the Christian movement became separate from its Jewish origins; was there anything special or different about the way women entered Judaism and early Christianity' how did martyrdom contribute to the construction of early Christian identity? "This collection of essays was elicited by the editors of the series as marking a very significant collection of material at the cutting edge of several aspects of current scholarship. Some of these essays are unpublished, others are available in very obscure publications and those that are more accessible are heavily cited enough to give the book immediate recognition as of great importance." John Barclay, University of Glasgow>
 

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Contents

Neither Jew nor Greek? Constructing
1
Theological Construct
11
Do Godfearers make Good Christians?
31
The Race of the Godfearers
49
Ignoring the Competition
69
The Attraction of Women into Early Judaism
83
Circumcision Women and Salvation
101
History and Theology in Christian Views of Judaism
117
Accusations of Jewish Persecution in Early Christian Sources
135
Deut 21 2223
151
The Forging of Christian Identity and the Letter
171
The New Testament and Early Christian Identity
191
Bibliography
233
General Index
257
Index of Modern Authors
263
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Judith M. Lieu is Professor of New Testament Studies, King's College, London.

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