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Jewish and Christian Communal Identities in the Roman World (Yair Furstenberg) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004321212
Jewish and Christian Communal Identities in the Roman World (Yair Furstenberg) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004321212
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Title: Jewish and Christian Communal Identities in the Roman World

Author: Furstenberg, Yair

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Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004321212

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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Jews and Christians under the Roman Empire shared a unique sense of community. Set apart from their civic and cultic surroundings, both groups resisted complete assimilation into the dominant political and social structures. However, Jewish communities differed from their Christian counterparts in their overall patterns of response to the surrounding challenges. They exhibit diverse levels of integration into the civic fabric of the cities of the Empire and display contrary attitudes towards the creation of trans-local communal networks. The variety of local case studies examined in this volume offer an integrated image of the multiple factors, both internal and external, which determined the role of communal identity in creating a sense of belonging among Jews and Christians under Imperial constraints.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Shared Dimensions of Jewish and Christian Communal Identities, Yair Furstenberg

Part I: Imperial Perspectives

The Ptolemaic and Roman Definitions of Social Categories and the Evolution of Judean Communal Identity in Egypt, Sylvie Honigman

The Roman State and Jewish Diaspora Communities in the Antonine Age, Martin Goodman

Part II: Community and the City

Civic Identity and Christ Groups, John S. Kloppenborg

Organized Charity in the Ancient World: Pagan, Jewish, Christian, Pieter W. van der Horst

The Fourth Book of Maccabees in a Multi-Cultural City, Tessa Rajak

Part III: Varieties of Communal Identities

Rome and Alexandria: Why was there no Jewish Politeuma in Rome?, Daniel R. Schwartz

From Text to Community: Methodological Problems of Reconstructing Communities behind Texts, Jorg Frey

Lycaonian Christianity under Roman Rule and their Jewish-Christian Tradition, Cilliers Breytenbach

Part IV: Community and Continuity

The Jewish Community in Egypt before and after 117 CE in Light of Old and New Papyri, Tal Ilan

Jewish Communities in the Roman Diaspora: Why Salo Baron Still Matters?, Seth Schwartz

"You are a Chosen Stock . . .": The Use of Israel Epithets for the Addressees in First Peter, Lutz Doering

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