Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Judaism and Christianity

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The essays in this book consider issues of tolerance and intolerance faced by Jews and Christians between 200 BCE and 200 CE. Several essays are concerned with aspects of early Jewish-Christian relationships, several discuss ways Jews and Christians defined themselves against the pagan world, and several consider issues of tolerance that arose in rival groups within early Judaism and within early Christianity. The book derives from the first symposium in this field in which scholars from Israel and the UK shared, and is distinctive in its theme of perennial concern for humanity.

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"...a new insight into an often discussed subject." Jewish Book World

"The contributors and editors have succeeded in their goal of illuminating important facets of the ancient world with respect to their chosen topic." Jeffrey Trumbower, Journal of Early Christian Studies

"...full of fresh insights, clearly and persuasively stated, and adhering to high standards of critical, balanced discourse." Louis H. Feldman, SHOFAR

"The scholarship of the collection is quite sound. The volume is exceptionally valuable as an introduction to the interaction of identity-formation, deviancy-control, and social engineering in the ancient world with profound applicability to the contemporary scene." Ashland Theological Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521590372
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; List of abbreviations; Introduction Graham N. Stanton; 1. Intolerance and martyrdom: from Socrates to Rabbi 'Aqiva Ithamar Gruenwald; 2. The other in 1 and 2 Maccabees Daniel R. Schwartz; 3. The pursuit of the millennium in early Judaism Albert I. Baumgarten; 4. Conservative revolution? The intolerant innovations of Qumran Michael Mach; 5. Who was considered an apostate in the Jewish Diaspora? John M. G. Barclay; 6. Why did Paul persecute the church? Justin Taylor; 7. Paul and the limits of tolerance Stephen C. Barton; 8. Philo's views on paganism Maren R. Niehoff; 9. Co-existing with the enemy: Jews and pagans in the Mishnah Moshe Halbertal; 10. Tertullian on idolatry and the limits of tolerance Guy G. Stroumsa; 11. The threefold Christian anti-Judaism François Blanchetière; 12. The intertextual polemic of the Markan vineyard parable Joel Marcus; 13. Jews and Jewish Christians in the land of Israel at the time of the Bar Kochba war, with special reference to the Apocalypse of Peter Richard Bauckham; 14. The Nazoreans: living at the boundary of Judaism and Christianity Martinus C. de Boer; 15. Justin Martyr's Dialogue with Trypho: group boundaries, 'proselytes' and 'God-fearers' Graham N. Stanton; 16. Accusations of Jewish persecution in early Christian sources, with particular reference to Justin Martyr and the Martyrdom of Polycarp Judith M. Lieu; 17. Early Christians on synagogue prayer and imprecation William Horbury; 18. Messianism, Torah and early Christian tradition Andrew Chester; 19. Jewish and Christian public ethics in the early Roman Empire Markus Bockmuehl; Postscript: the future of intolerance Guy G. Stroumsa; General bibliography; Index.

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