The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse: The Philosophy of Religious Argument

The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse: The Philosophy of Religious Argument

by Bruce Chilton, Jacob Neusner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415153980

ISBN-13: 9780415153980

Pub. Date: 10/02/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse argues that the Judaic and Christian heirs of Scripture adopted, and adapted to their own purposes and tasks, Greek philosophical modes of thought and argument. The authors explore how the earliest intellectuals of Christianity and Judaism shaped a tradition of articulated conflict and reasoned

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The Intellectual Foundations of Christian and Jewish Discourse argues that the Judaic and Christian heirs of Scripture adopted, and adapted to their own purposes and tasks, Greek philosophical modes of thought and argument. The authors explore how the earliest intellectuals of Christianity and Judaism shaped a tradition of articulated conflict and reasoned argument in the search for religious truth that was to be shared through continuing that argument with others.
Neusner and Chilton examine, using the formative sources of Judaism and Christianity, the literary media of adaptation and reform: precisely where and how we identify in the foundation writings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism the new opposing modes of articulated conflict and reasoned argument that through Christianity and Judaism, Greek philosophy and science bequeathed to the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415153980
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/02/1997
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Confronting Conflict in the Mishnah3
2Confronting Conflict in the Letters of Paul26
3Conducting Dialectical Argument in the Talmud47
4Conducting Dialectical Argument in Origen70
5Arguments from Natural History in the Mishnah and in Leviticus Rabbah89
6Arguments From Nature: Irenaeus111
7Arguments From Social History: Paradigmatic thinking in Ruth Rabbah, Pesiqta deRab Kahana, and Genesis Rabbah129
8Arguments From Social History: Paradigmatic thinking in Augustine154
Glossary168
Notes175
Index182

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