A Holy People investigates the various ways in which Jews and Christians define their religious identity, people or community, as being holy. Keeping in mind that historical studies can offer food for thought regarding contemporary issues, the study offers a large collection of essays, relating to the biblical, patristic and medieval period and especially to the modern period. The obvious question of many in the modern world as to whether the attribute of the ‘holiness’ allows for acknowledgement of authentic religion outside the own religious community, deserves an honest answer and well-documented study: too easily the claim of holiness intertwines with claims of power, whether by rivalling groups within the religious community, by groups divided along gender lines, or on the level of territorial claims. It will be of special importance to scholars and general readers interested in an interdisciplinary approach to theology, rabbinics, history, political science, and much more.
A Holy People
Shulamit Laderman, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
The book presents new figurative models of interchange between Judaism and Christianity. It demonstrates the nexus connecting the account of Creation and the Tabernacle using Jewish and Christian texts and artistic images from late antiquity to the late Middle Ages.
Emmanouela Grypeou, University of Oxford & Helen Spurling, University of Southampton
This volume examines the relationship between rabbinic and Christian exegetical writings on the book of Genesis in the Eastern Roman Empire and Mesopotamia, and illuminates the history of relations between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity.
Ilia M. Rodov, Bar-Ilan University
The book explores the patronage, formation, and symbolism of the Renaissance Torah ark in Polish synagogues.
Stéphanie E. Binder, Bar-Ilan University
This work compares two third century texts on idolatry: Tertullian's De Idolatria and the rabbinic Mishnah Avodah Zarah, against the background of modern discussions of the “parting of the ways” between Jews and Christians.
David J. Wertheim
This study chronicles Spinoza’s German-Jewish popularity during the years of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), explaining it from the political moral and intellectual paradoxes with which Weimar Germany confronted its Jews.
Hector M. Patmore, Protestant Theological University of the Netherlands
The oracle against the King of Tyre, found in Ezekiel 28.12-19, is a difficult text that inspired diverse interpretations in Late Antiquity. This book examines those interpretations and seeks to understand their origins and development.
F.J.E. Boddens Hosang
Council texts from the eastern and western Mediterranean allow us to see how close relations were between Christians and Jews in late antiquity. These texts give precise descriptions of the continuing close relations between the ordinary faithful Christians and Jews on a daily basis.
Edited by E. Grypeou & H. Spurling
This collection of essays examines exegetical encounters between Christians and Jews on the book of Genesis. Eminent scholars present outstanding studies on the subject of ‘Exegetical Encounter’ to illuminate the history of relations between Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity.
Marcel Poorthuis, Joshua Schwartz, Joseph Turner (Eds.)
This volume contains essays dealing with complex relationships between Judaism and Christianity, taking a bold step, assuming that no historical period can be excluded from the interactive process between Judaism and Christianity, conscious or unconscious, as either rejection or appropriation
Bernard S. Jackson
These essays explore the Jewish background to central issues in the New Testament —letter and spirit, prophecy and law, forgiveness, the accounts of Jesus’ “trial(s)”, evidence required for legal/theological claims, the shepherding images, disinheritance, and teachings on marriage and divorce.
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