Judaism in the New Testament explains how the writings of the early church emerged from communities which defined themselves in Judaic terms even as they professed faith in Christ. These two extremely distinguished scholars introduce readers to the plurality of Judaisms of the period. They show, by examining a variety of texts, how the major figures of the New Testament reflect distinctly Judaic practices and beliefs.
This important study shows how the early movement centred on Jesus is best seen as `Christian Judaism'. Only with the Epistle to the Hebrews did the profile of a new and distinct Christian religion emerge.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Judaism in the New Testament or the New Testament's Part icular Judaism?; Chapter 2 No Orthodox, Traditional Judaism?; Chapter 3 Analyzing a Judaism; Chapter 4 Theory of the Social Entity; Chapter 5 Paul's Competitors, Jesus' Disciples, and The Israel of Jesus; Chapter 6 Practice: Jesus and the Torah; Chapter 7 The Transformation of Judaism: From Salvation to Sanctification;
Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, New York. He has taught and written extensively on early Christianity and Judaism and the historical Jesus.,
Jacob Neusner has published more than 550 books and is an expert on the history of Judaism. He is Distinguished Research Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida and Visiting Professor of Religion at Bard College. He is also a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
'Such emphasis on community rather than individual religion, and on the pervasiveness of Jewish attitudes, is of great value.' - Church Times
'An excellent volume by two very well respected scholars.' - Deborah Sawyer, Lancaster University, UK
'Well written and compellingly argued, this book deserves a hearing within the Jewish-Christian dialogue.' - International Review of Biblical Studies
'This is an important, well-conceived book ... the work lends itself to study and stimulating discussion by senior undergraduates as much as by senior academics.' - Markus Bockmuehl, Theological Book Review
'This work is to be commended for providing important insights into the dynamics of early Christianity in relation to the Judaisms of the first century ... It has provided a fresh look at how we can read the New Testament in relation to the diverse Judaisms of the first century.' - Helen Fry, Reviews in Religion & Theology