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Jewish And Christian Self Definintion : Volume 3 : Self Definition In The Graeco - Roman World

Meyer, Ben F. (ed.); Sanders, E. P. (ed.)

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ISBN 10: 0334008220 / ISBN 13: 9780334008224
Published by S C M Press, UK, 1982
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Brown cloth boards in Orange jacket with Black lettering to front and spine. There is fading to the spine and spine edges, but the covers are generally in excellent condition, and the binding is secure and tight. Jacket is price clipped. Internally the book is very clean and unmarked. "The essays presented within this volume treat various institutions of the ancient world under the formality of self definition, shedding broad, bright and often new light on the intellectual and religious life of the classical and later classical world." 295 pages incl appendices. A very good copy. Buy with confidence and support a genuine Independent Bookshop. Bookseller Inventory # 379002

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Title: Jewish And Christian Self Definintion : ...

Publisher: S C M Press, UK

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Very Good

Edition: Presumed First Edition

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The series which this volume continues is an exploration of the way in which both Judaism and Christianity moved towards normative self-definition in the first centuries of the common era. Neither willingly settled for pluralism, but each chose a normative approach which determined what set of suppositions, values and practices would henceforward inform the corporate life of the group. Judaism became Rabbinic and Christianity Catholic. The first two volumes looked at Christianity and Judaism respectively; the third volume approaches the question of self-definition in a rather different way. When Judaism and Christianity were moving towards the mature normativeness epitomized in the Mishnah and the rabbinate and the New Testament and the episcopate, were they moving with the general tide of Hellenistic and Roman history, or against it? Was the direction of their development typical or idiosyncratic? Was its explanation to be found in the sphere of comprehensive social causes? Are persuasive analogies to be found in the history of the institutions of the Graeco-Roman world or in the native tendencies of Judaism and Christianity? These questions are tackled here in a rich collection of essays, which brings the main stage of the study as a whole to a fitting climax. A fourth and concluding volume is in preparation. Contributors are: Hans Dieter Betz, G. W. Bowersock, Walter Burkert, John M. Dillon, Albert Henrichs, Howard C. Kee, Abraham J. Malherbe, John M. Rist, Tran tam Tinh and Heinrich von Staden.

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E. P. Sanders is the Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University. He previously taught New Testament studies at McMaster University and at Oxford University as Dean Ireland s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture and as fellow of The Queen s College.

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