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Formation of Christianity in Antioch: A Social-Scientific Approach to the Separation between Judaism and Christianity (Magnus Zetterholm) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2003) 9780415359597

Title: Formation of Christianity in Antioch: A Social-Scientific Approach to the Separation between Judaism and Christianity

Author: Zetterholm, Magnus

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415359597

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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One of the major puzzles of Western civilization is how early 2nd century Christianity was transformed into a non-Jewish, Gentile religion, when Christianity began as one of many Jewish factions in the diverse Judaism of the period.

Zetterholm uses theoretical insights from the social sciences to deal with the complex issues raised by the parting of Judaism and Christianity, and the accompanying rise of Christian anti-Semitism in ancient Antioch. While previous attempts to solve this problem have focused mainly on ideology, his study emphasizes the interplay between sociological and ideological elements.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Aim, Method and Perspectives

The Aim of the Study The Basic Problem J. D. G. Dunn and the Partings of the Ways The Aim Specified The Method and Perspectives of the Study Models, Perspectives and the Question of Verification "The Truth Is Out There"

Chapter Two The Setting: Antioch-on-the-Orontes Introduction

A Short History of Antioch The Foundation and Early Development of the City From Antiochus IV Epiphanes to Titus The Social and Religious Life of Antioch Antioch as a Graeco-Roman Polis Public and Private Worship Social Conditions in Antioch The Jewish Community in Antioch up to 66 C.E. The Origin of Jewish Presence in Antioch The Legal Status of the Jews of Antioch One Community

Chapter Three The Cultural and Religious Differentiation Introduction Constructing Analytical Tools A Theory of Religious Differentiation Religion and Value-Changing Processes Muslims and Religious Change in Modern Europe Pluralism and Religious Differentiation A Theory of Social Integration Variables of Assimilation The Process of Assimilation The Assimilation ProfileAnalysis Groups and Factions Crossing the Boundaries

Chapter Four Evidence of Interaction Introduction

Riots and Reactions The Incident at the Circus Antiochus, Titus and the Jews in Antioch The Paradox of Attraction Converts, Admirers and God-Fearers Ethics, Survival Rates and the Attraction of the Jews Jews, God-Fearers and Civic Authorities The Incident at Antioch The Scholarly Debate Purity and Tithing Circumcision and Table-Fellowship Critique and Revision Circumcision and Oathtaking Christian Identity The Need for a Different Approach Covenant and Conflict The Eschatological Status of Gentiles A Covenant for Gentiles? The Agreement at Jerusalem and the Apostolic Decree Who Ate With Whom

Chapter Five Politics and Persecution Introduction Constructing Analytical Tools A Theory of Social Movements Social Movements and Collective Action The Rationality of Social Behaviour The Origin of Social Movements The Mobilisation of Resources Social Movements and Social Conflict Analysis The Call for Collective Action The Socio-Political Situation after the Jewish War Jews, Gentiles and the Fiscus Judaicus in Antioch The Rationality of Separation Christianity as a Social Movement Judaism, Christianity and Ignatius of Antioch

Resource Mobilisation and the Gospel of Matthew Federations and the Mission to the Jews Summary and Conclusion Epilogue Summary and Implications The Main Results of the Study



Ancient Sources Modern Works


Index of Subjects

Index of Passages

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