"The new starting point! These twenty-three chapters explore all of the fundamental questions. How does one define a 'Jewish Christian'? What were the interactions between Jewish and non-Jewish believers in antiquity? How numerous were Jewish followers of Jesus? . . . Highly recommended,"---Religious Studies Review. 850 pages, hardcover. Baker.
Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries examines the formative first five centuries of Christian history as experienced by individuals who were ethnically Jewish but who professed faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Offering the work of an impressive international team of scholars, this unique study examines the first five centuries of texts thought to have been authored or edited by Jewish Christians, including the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament Apocrypha, and some patristic works. Also considered are statements within patristic literature about Jewish believers and uses of oral traditions from Jewish Christians. Furthermore, the evidence in Jewish, mainly rabbinic, literature is examined, and room is made for a judicious sifting of the archaeological evidence. The final two chapters are devoted to an enlightening synthesis of the material with subsequent conclusions regarding Jewish believers in antiquity.
Philip S. Alexander
James Carleton Paget
Craig A. Evans
Donald A. Hagner
Gunnar af Hällström
James F. Strange
Oskar Skarsaune (Dr theol, 1982) is professor of church history at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. His many publications include The Proof from Prophecy: A Study in Justin Martyr's Proof-text Tradition, Incarnation--Myth or Fact?, and In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity.
Reidar Hvalvik (Dr theol, 1994) is professor of New Testament studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. His publications include The Struggle for Scripture and Covenant: The Epistle of Barnabas and Jewish-Christian Competition in the Second Century, an introduction to the theology of Acts, and an introduction to the New Testament (both in Norwegian).
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