Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner study the points of comparisons and contrast between formative Christianity and Judaism. By identifying three categories of authority in each of the two religious worlds, they show how they have both worked in compelling or failing to get someone to do a given action.
The arguments are introduced by a general discussion of the founding figures of the two religions, Moses and Jesus, and how their inherent authority distilled itself through the structure of their religious institutions and intellectual thoughts.
About the Author
Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and Professor of Religion at Bard College, New York.
Bruce Chiltern is Bernard Idding Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, New York.
Table of ContentsPreface
PART ONE: INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY
1. Theoretical Hierarchy: The Institutional Politics of Rabbinic Judaism
2. Apostles and Bishops: A Polarity of Power in Earliest Christianity
PART TWO: CHARISMATIC
3. What Ended with Prophecy, and What Happened Then in Rabbinic Judaism
4. Charismata of Guidance in Primitive and Early Christianity
PART THREE: SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY
5. The Commanding Voice of Scripture in Rabbinic Judaism
6. The Conciliar
Voice of Scripture in Christianity