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Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 340 Vendor: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8.82 X 6.82 X 1.16 (inches) ISBN: 0521581532 ISBN-13: 9780521581530 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
This book challenges conventional accounts of early Christian exegesis of the Bible by placing its interpretation in the context of the Greco-Roman world. Professor Young describes how the Jewish scriptures were taken over, added to and reinterpreted as part of the process of forming the identity of the new Christian "race" with its distinct culture. Young emphasizes the importance of the way education was based on literature in the Roman Empire, and demonstrates how the methods and assumptions then taken for granted shaped Christian exegesis of scripture.