The Covenant in Judaism and Paul: A Study of Ritual Boundaries as Identity Markers

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The Covenant in Judaism and Paul deals with biblical and intertestamental uses of covenant and related rituals, challenging the view that baptism replaces circumcision, since baptism is entry into the new covenant, and showing that ritual boundaries are replaced or redefined since identity has changed.
The investigation uses social categories, “identity” as a term that offers an explanation for a group's selfunderstanding and “boundary” as a term for entry rite of affirmation marker.
Part A looks at the Old Testament background to aspects of the covenant. Part B examines covenant identity and rituals in Palestinian Judaism as featured in Jubilees, the Temple Scroll, the Damascus Document, and the Community Rule. It includes a brief analysis of the baptism administered by John the Baptist. Part C analyses Paul's views on covenant, circumcision, and baptism against this background.

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Ellen Juhl Christiansen, Ph.D. (1994) in Theology, University of Durham, England, is Lecturer in New Testament, at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. A The Old Testament Background for Covenant Identity and Its Boundaries
Ch. 1 Some Old Testament Aspects to Covenantal Identity and Boundaries 25
Pt. B Palestinian Judaism: Covenant Identity and Ecclesiological Boundaries
Ch. 2 Covenant Consciousness in the Book of Jubilees 67
Ch. 3 Covenant Conditions and Ritual Boundaries in the Temple Scroll and the Damascus Document 104
Ch. 4 Ecclesiological Awareness and Covenant Ritual in the Community Rule 145
Ch. 5 An Invalid Covenant Identity - a Symbolic Boundary 186
Pt. C Pauline Christianity Covenant Identity and Ritual Boundaries
Ch. 6 Covenant and Covenants in Paul's Letters 211
Ch. 7 Boundaries Redefined - Boundaries Replaced 272
Summary and Conclusion 321
Bibliography 329
Indices 361
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