Christianity in the Second Century: Themes and Developments

Christianity in the Second Century: Themes and Developments

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ISBN-13: 9781316616949
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 927,061
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

James Carleton Paget is the author of a number of books and many articles relating to the second century, in particular the relationship of Jews and Christians. He has also written extensively on inter-testamental Judaism and early biblical interpretation. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and recently co-edited volume 1 of The New Cambridge History of the Bible (with Joachim Schaper, 2013). He is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and Tutor of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Judith Lieu has written extensively on the Johanine literature and on early Christianity in the second century in its Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. Her recent publications in these areas have concentrated on the 'Parting of the Ways', models of the emergence of a Christian identity, and Marcion and the origins of the idea of heresy. She is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series. Lieu is a Fellow of the British Academy and in 2015-16 was President of the Society of New Testament Studies. She is Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction Judith Lieu and James Carleton Paget; Part I. Contexts: 1. Empires, diasporas and the emergence of religions Greg Woolf; 2. The Mediterranean Jewish diaspora in the second century Tessa Rajak; 3. The Rabbis and their rivals in the second century CE Philip Alexander; 4. Church and synagogue vis-...-vis Roman rule in the second century William Horbury; Part II. Discerning Continuity and Discontinuity in Early Christianity: 5. The second century from the perspective of the New Testament James Carleton Paget; 6. Continuity and change in second century Christianity: a narrative against the trend Lewis Ayres; 7. 'The Gnostic myth': how does its demise impact twenty-first century historiography of Christianity's second century? Karen King; 8. The Gnostic myth Mark Edwards; 9. Modelling second century Christian theology: Christian theology as philosophia Winrich Löhr; Part III. Interpreting Texts and Engaging in Practice: 10. Galen and the Christians: texts, authority, and orthodoxy in the second century AD Rebecca Flemming; 11. 'Authoritative texts' and how to handle them: some reflections on an ambiguous concept and its use in second-century Christian literature Joseph Verheyden; 12. Belief and practice in Graeco-Roman religiosity: Plutarch, De Iside and Osiride 379c Teresa Morgan; 13. Dice oracles and fate: on early Christianity among others in the second century Laura Nasrallah; Part IV. Modelling Identities: 14. Christians as 'third race': is ethnicity at issue? Erich Gruen; 15. Ethnic discourse in early Christianity Oskar Skarasuane; 16. Pagan attitudes John North; 17. Away with the atheists! Tim Whitmarsh; 18. Modelling the second century as the age of the laboratory Judith Lieu.

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