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Title: Establishing Boundaries: Christian-Jewish Relations in Early Council Texts and the Writings of Church Fathers
Author: Hosang, F J E Boddens
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004182554
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 204
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Discussed here are the continuing close relations between the ordinary faithful Christians and Jews on a daily basis, there where church leaders increasingly tried to establish boundaries between their faith group and others, especially Judaism.Until now, most studies by historians on late antique Christian-Jewish relations were mainly based on the writings of church fathers. This study looks at a whole new source material: fourth to sixth century council documents. These have been studied where clear indications are given on Christianity's relations with Judaism. The texts studied come from the eastern and western parts of the Mediterranean and reach into the middle to late sixth century. What is seen is that contacts between Christianity and Judaism on the level of the ordinary faithful remained close, and for a much longer period than the church leaders would have liked.