Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 978-3-16-154962-5 - Mohr Siebeck
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Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Ed. by Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Wolfgang Grünstäudl, and Matthew Thiessen

[Die Wahrnehmung des Anderen im antiken Judentum und im frühen Christentum.]

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In what ways, both positive and negative, do ancient writers interact with and relate to those outside of their ethnicity or religious tradition? This volume examines religious tolerance and intolerance amongst ancient Jews and Christians, focusing particularly on the New Testament and early rabbinic literature.
The present volume reexamines both ancient Christian and Jewish portrayals of outsiders. In what ways, both positive and negative, do ancient writers interact with and relate to those outside of their ethnicity or religious tradition? This volume devotes itself to the methodological questions surrounding the use of diverse ancient sources for the construction of the other. The goal is to shed new light on ancient interactions between different religious groups in order to describe more accurately these relationships.
Survey of contents
Albert I. Baumgarten: An Ancient Debate of Disciples – Matthew Thiessen: Gentiles as Impure Animals in the Writings of Early Christ Followers – Nathan Eubank: Damned Disciples: The Permeability of the Boundary between Insiders and Outsiders in Matthew and Paul – Tobias Nicklas: Creating the Other: The “Jews” in the Gospel of John: Past and Future Lines of Scholarship – Wolfgang Grünstäudl: Instant Polemics: Use and Reuse of Charges against Others in Early Christianity – Patricia A. Duncan: The Case for Tolerance in the Early Christian (Pseudo-Clementine) Novel – Katell Berthelot: The Paradoxical Similarities between the Jews and the Roman Other – Isaiah M. Gafni: Various “Others” in Rabbinic Literature: Between Babylonia and the Land of Israel – Haim Weiss: The Bodily Images of Shimon Bar Kosibah in Rabbinic Literature – Michal Bar-Asher Siegal: “The Best of Them Is like a Brier”: On b. 'Eruvin 101a and the Jewish-Christian Dialogue in the Babylonian Talmud – Christine Hayes: The Complicated Goy in Classical Rabbinic Sources
Authors/Editors

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal Born 1979; 2010 PhD in Judaic Studies from Yale University; currently the Rosen Family Career Development Chair in Judaic Studies at The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Wolfgang Grünstäudl Geboren 1977; Studium der Kath. Fachtheologie und der Selbständigen Religionspädagogik an der Universität Wien; Religionslehrer an Gymnasien sowie an mittleren und höheren berufsbildenden Schulen in Wien und Niederösterreich; 2008–13 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Koblenz-Landau; seit 2013 Akademischer Rat an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal.

Matthew Thiessen Born 1977; 2010 PhD in Religion from Duke University; currently associate professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University.

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