Inculturation of the Jesus Tradition: The Impact of Jesus on Jewish and Roman Cultures

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Rather than asking the typical question about how Greco-Roman culture impinged on the Jesus tradition and altered it, this book turns the question around and demonstrates how the Jesus tradition altered both Jewish and Roman cultures.Graydon Snyder begins with an analysis of major New Testament material - how the Gospels used Jesus to undermine some cultural values, how Paul used the same tradition to suspend cultural expressions, and how John universalized Jesus by deculturizing him.Moving to the second century, Snyder shows in detail, with appropriate categorization, how scholars since F.C. Baur have perceived the transforming impact of Jewish and Roman culture on the nascent Jesus movement. He reverses the question and, with the aid particularly of non-literary data, shows how the Jesus tradition infiltrated Jewish and Roman cultures in selected cultural areas such as symbols, art, architecture, inscriptions, calendar, commensuality, gender, and health care. Includes photos and illustrations.Graydon F. Snyder is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary.

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Graydon F. Snyder is Professor of New Testament, Chicago Theological Seminary.

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"Snyder’s creative study has significance for our contemporary struggle with inculturation." —Donald Senior, C.P., The Bible Today, March /April 2000 (Donald Senior, C.P. The Bible Today)

"Creative and provocative, this will be of interest to historians of religion and theologians." —J. C. Hanges, Miami University, reviewing for Choice, June 2000 (J. C. Hanges, Miami University CHOICE)

"...significantly different sociological approach that offers dozens of challenging insights to students of the New Testament and the history of Christian origins." —Mark I. Wegener, Woodlake Lutheran Church, Currents in Theology and Mission, August 2000 (Mark I. Wegener, Woodlake Lutheran Church Currents In Theology and Mission)

"Recommended highly for those interested in inculturation, and specifically those who wish to root an apparently contemporary practice in New Testament and apostolic Christianity."—Fergus King, United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, London, as printed in Theological Book Review, June 2000 (Fergus King Theological Book Review)

"...the creative mind of Snyder continues to stimulate new ideas and new associations for the read who is open to see things from a different perspective." — Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J., Catholic Theological Union, reviewing for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J. Catholic Biblical Quarterly)

" The scope of the author's investigation is quite broad, taking in not only cultural elements revealed in New Testament documents but also aspects of the material culture of Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians in the first three centuries of the common era. It is provocative, filled with very detailed facts and data."— Review of Biblical Literature, October 2001. (Review of Biblical Literature)

"With pictures, illustrations, and extensive indexing, this is a rich source for all NT scholars and historians of early Christianity."—Fred W. Burnett, Juarez, Mexico, Religious Studies Review, Volume 27, Number 4, October 2001 (Fred W. Burnett, Juarez, Mexico Religious Studies Review)

"Snyder’s creative study has significance for our contemporary struggle with inculturation." —Donald Senior, C.P., The Bible Today, March /April 2000 (Sanford Lakoff The Bible Today)

"Creative and provocative, this will be of interest to historians of religion and theologians." —J. C. Hanges, Miami University, reviewing for Choice, June 2000 (Sanford Lakoff CHOICE)

"...significantly different sociological approach that offers dozens of challenging insights to students of the New Testament and the history of Christian origins." —Mark I. Wegener, Woodlake Lutheran Church, Currents in Theology and Mission, August 2000 (Sanford Lakoff Currents In Theology and Mission)

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