Playing a Jewish Game: Gentile Christian Judaizing in the by Michele Murray

By Michele Murray

Is it attainable that early Christian anti-Judaism was once directed towards humans except Jews? Michele Murray proposes that major strands of early Christian anti-Judaism have been directed opposed to Gentile Christians. extra in particular, it was once directed towards Gentile Christian judaizers. those have been Christians who mixed a dedication to Christianity with adherence in various levels to Jewish practices, with no viewing such behaviour as contradictory. a number of Christian leaders proposal that those group individuals dangerously blurred the limits among Christianity and Judaism. As such, Gentile Christian judaizers turned the objective of a lot anti-Jewish rhetoric in quite a few early Christian writings. proof of Gentile Christian judaizers are available in canonical assets, equivalent to Pauls Letter to the Galatians and the e-book of Revelation, in addition to non-canonical resources, reminiscent of the Epistle of Barnabas, the Didache, and Justin Martyr’s discussion with Trypho. that allows you to evaluate the phenomenon of judaizing and the response to it of ecclesiastical experts, Murray organizes the facts via possible geographical place, utilizing Asia Minor and Syria because the major loci. The phenomenon of Gentile Christian judaizing is tested in the broader context of Jewish-Christian family within the early centuries, and is the 1st try to draw all attainable references to Gentile Christian judaizers jointly into one research to think about them as an entire. This dialogue invitations readers to mirror at the life of Gentile Christian judaizers as one other element at the continuum of Jewish-Christian relatives within the Greco-Roman international — a space, Murray concludes, that should be extra rigorously outlined.

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195). There is much debate among scholars over the degree to which Poppaea was an adherent of Judaism. The problem rests on the interpretation of the word eEOcre~iJ<;. Many scholars understand this term to be synonymous with the Lukan references to "those who fear God" (

191; Life 16). Josephus describes Poppaea as a eEOm;~iJ<; who "pleaded on behalf of the Jews" (Ant. 195). There is much debate among scholars over the degree to which Poppaea was an adherent of Judaism. The problem rests on the interpretation of the word eEOcre~iJ<;. Many scholars understand this term to be synonymous with the Lukan references to "those who fear God" (

Many scholars understand this term to be synonymous with the Lukan references to "those who fear God" (

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