Judaism And Christianity In First-Century Rome

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Judaism and Christianity in the first century is a broad, but also immensely important, subject. This collection of eleven papers is the mature product of the five-year work of the Seminar on New Testament Texts in Their Cultural Environment sponsored by the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Wide-ranging in subject matter and deep in scholarship, this volume includes archaeological and epigraphic contributions, social and historical contributions, and developmental studies. Written by leading scholars in the field, these essays elucidate more precisely the social, historical, and religious character of Judaism and Christianity in first-century Rome.
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Editorial Reviews

"Useful anthology.... Contributors address well-defined issues relevant to the study of Jewish, Christian, and Roman history and the interpretation of Romans, Hebrews, 1 Clement, and the Shepherd of Hermas.... The collective work is interdisciplinary, wide-ranging, and, as the editors intended, "represents one of the 'right' ways to examine questions from antiquity.""
Expository Times
A stimulating series of essays.... This is a scholarly and well-organized book, that deserves the attention of students of the New Testament and the early church alike.
Theological Book Review (U.K.)
This top-grade collection of essays is the fruit of collaborative work, done over a number of years by leading scholars in the field, on a topic of considerable importance for our understanding of early Christianity.... A first-rate book, full of authoritative discussion, essential for teachers and researchers and for all interested in early Christian development at the heart of the Roman Empire.
Classical Review
The archaeological studies in the first section cannot fail to be of value and interest to the general reader, as they decant into a cheaper form the results of excavations that might otherwise lie hidden in obscure and costly volumes.... All the articles are clearly written and amply documented; anyone who approaches it as a handbook to the discoveries and conjectures of recent scholarship will not be misinformed.
Revised versions of papers presented in meetings of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas between 1990 and 1994 elucidate the social, historical, and religious character of Judaism and Christianity in first-century Rome. Based on the latest biblical and historical scholarship as well as archaeological and epigraphic studies, ten contributions discuss topics related to the dealings of the Roman government with the two groups and their dealings with each other. Contains four indexes--ancient texts, modern authors, names, and places. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802842657
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 0.77 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl P. Donfried is the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature, at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.Peter Richardson is Professor Emeritus of Early Christianity at the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations for Journals and Book Series
In the First Century: The Nature and Scope of the Question 1
Pt. 1 Archaeological and Epigraphic Studies
1 Augustan-Era Synagogues in Rome 17
2 Synagogue and Society in Imperial Ostia: Archaeological and Epigraphic Evidence 30
3 The Interaction of Jews with Non-Jews in Rome 69
Pt. 2 Social-Historical Studies
4 Roman Policy toward the Jews: Expulsions from the City of Rome during the First Century C.E. 93
5 The Formation of the First "Christian Congregations" in Rome in the Context of the Jewish Congregations 117
6 Jewish and Christian Families in First-Century Rome 128
7 The Oral World of Early Christianity in Rome: The Case of Hermas 151
Pt. 3 Developmental Studies
8 Romans, Jews, and Christians: The Impact of the Romans on Jewish/Christian Relations in First-Century Rome 175
9 Social Perspectives on Roman Christianity during the Formative Years from Nero to Nerva: Romans, Hebrews, 1 Clement 196
10 From Obscurity to Prominence: The Development of the Roman Church between Romans and 1 Clement 245
Bibliography 280
Contributors 303
Indexes 305
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