Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity


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The present volume reexamines both ancient Christian and Jewish portrayals of outsiders. In what ways, both positive and negative, do ancient writers interact with and relate to those outside of their ethnicity or religious tradition? This volume devotes itself to the methodological questions surrounding the use of diverse ancient sources for the construction of the other. The goal is to shed new light on ancient interactions between different religious groups in order to describe more accurately these relationships. Contributors: Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Albert I. Baumgarten, Katell Berthelot, Patricia A. Duncan, Nathan Eubank, Isaiah M. Gafni, Wolfgang Grunstaudl, Christine Hayes, Tobias Nicklas, Matthew Thiessen, Haim Weiss

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783161549625
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament Series , #394
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.57(w) x 9.13(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Ancient Debate of Disciples Albert I. Baumgarten 1

2 Gentiles as Impure Animals in the Writings of Early Christ Followers Matthew Thiessen 19

3 Damned Disciples: The Permeability of the Boundary between Insiders and Outsiders in Matthew and Paul Nathan Eubank 33

4 Creating the Other: The "Jews" in the Gospel of John: Past and Future Lines of Scholarship Tobias Nicklas 49

5 Instant Polemics: Use and Reuse of Charges against Others in Early Christianity Wolfgang Grünstäudl 67

6 The Case for Tolerance in the Early Christian (Pseudo-Clementine) Novel Patricia A. Duncan 83

7 The Paradoxical Similarities between the Jews and the Roman Other Katell Berthelot 95

8 Various "Others" in Rabbinic Literature: Between Babylonia and the Land of Israel Isaiah M. Gafni 111

9 The Bodily Images of Shimon Bar Kosibah in Rabbinic Literature Haim Weiss 121

10 "The Best of Them Is like a Brier": On b.'Eruvin 101a and the Jewish-Christian Dialogue in the Babylonian Talmud Michal Bar-Asher Siegal 131

11 The Complicated Goy in Classical Rabbinic Sources Christine Hayes 147

Contributors 169

Index of Sources 171

Index of Authors 185

Index of Subjects 191

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