Others and the Construction of Early Christian Identity is a collection of essays that examine how those perceived as others were differentiated, excluded and devaluedin various early Christian sources, both inside and outside the New Testament canon. Early Christian polemic is set in its larger historical and cultural contexts in essays that deal with ancient literary images of religious prejudice, ancient polemical labeling, and portraits of Christians as others in non-Christian sources.Many essays adopt an interdisciplinary approach and apply social psychological or sociological concepts to analyze how images of otherness constructed and solidified early Christian identities. In this way it is possible to explain the other processes in foundational Christian documents which have had a lasting influence on Christian attitudes to outsiders and which still shape contemporary Christian identities. Analyses of various strategies of identity building and boundary-drawing demonstrate how the mechanics of religious group formation work and how others are marginalized and negated in religious traditions. Essays in the collection demystify religious rhetoric of othering and offer new possibilities to reduce tensions and prejudices between religions. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Others and the Construction Early Chr.
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Book Description Helsinki : Finnish Exegetical Society, 2013. Soft cover. Condition: New. 344 pages ; 21 cm. Contents: Pharisees as others in the New Testament -- The flexible apostle: Paul's varied social identifications in 1 Corinthians 9 and Philippians 3 -- Questions of identity, otherness and "Jewishness" in Ephesians' scholarship -- Creating the murderers of God: the case of the Gospel of Peter -- How to expose a deviant? Resurrection belief and boundary creation in early Christianity -- Ignorant people, the fool and pagans: intra-Christian polemic portrayal of the other in Authentikos logos -- Christian identity and intra-Christian polemics in the Pseudo-Clementines --In the category of philosophy? Christians in early pagan accounts -- Danger and delusion: ancient literary images of religious prejudices -- Nocturnal rituals as an othering device: the long life of fears and labels in ancient polemic and legislation. Seller Inventory # PGTIED442