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The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism

Papers from the St Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus



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Second Temple Judaism exerted a profound and shaping influence upon early Christianity. TheJewish Roots of Christological Monotheismdocuments this influence by exploring thewaysin whichthe Christian praxisofChrist-devotion in the first two centuries of the Common Era can be understood as a manifestation of Jewish monotheism.The volumeapproaches this phenomenonalongfour distinctivelines of inquiry: (1)reexamining (and problematizing) the theological force of monotheismduring the Second Temple period; (2)retracing the historical steps of Christianity's adaptation, mutation, and/or redefinition of Jewish monotheism; (3)exploring and debating the influence of non-Jewish traditions on this process; and (4)mappinghowChristianity's unique appropriation of Jewish monotheism helps explain the intriguing relationships among emerging Christian, Jewish,andgnosticcommunities.Eighteen chapters, each from an expert in the study ofearlyJudaism and Christianity, comprise the volume.The chapters collectively demonstratehow the creationofnew mythic narratives, the revelatory power of mystical experiences, and the sociology of community formation capitalized on Jewish mediator traditionsto initiate thepraxis of Christ-devotion.

Author Biography

Carey C. Newman is Director of Baylor University Press and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Baylor University. James R. Davila (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Early Jewish Studies at St Mary's College in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Gladys S. Lewis (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is retired Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Release date NZ
July 15th, 2017
Edited by Carey C. Newman Edited by Gladys Sherman Lewis Edited by James R. Davila
Country of Publication
United States
Baylor University Press
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