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Violence in the New Testament: Jesus Followers and Other Jews Under Empire [Paperback]

By Matthews (Author), Shelly Matthews (Editor) & Leigh E. Gibson (Editor)
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While much work has been done on the role of Jews in the crucifixion of Jesus in post-Holocaust biblical scholarship, the question of violence in subsequent community formation remains largely unexamined. New Testament passages suggesting that early Christ-believers were violently persecuted--the "stone throwing" passages from John, the "persecuted from town to town" passages in Matthew, the stoning of Stephen in Acts, Paul's hardship catalogue in II Corinthians, etc.-- are frequently read positivistically as windows onto first century persecution; at the other extreme, they are sometimes dismissed as completely a-historical. In either case, scholars up until now have provided little in the way of methodological reflection on how they have reached such conclusions. A further problematic issue in previous readings of passages suggesting such violence is that the perpetrators of violence are frequently cast as "Jews" while the violated are cast as "Christians," in spite of the growing consensus that it is impossible to tease out these two distinct and separate religious identities, Jew and Christian, from first century texts.
This volume takes up crucial methodological questions about how to read passages suggesting violence among Jews in texts that eventually became part of the New Testament canon. It situates this intra-religious violence within the violence of the Roman Imperial order. It provides new readings of these texts that move beyond the "Jew as violator"/"Christian as violated" binary.

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  • Library Journal - 05/01/2005 page 93

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Studio: T & T Clark International
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 9, 2005
Publisher   T. & T. Clark Publishers
Edition  New  
ISBN  0567025004  
ISBN13  9780567025005  

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More About Matthews, Shelly Matthews & Leigh E. Gibson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Shelly Matthews is Associate Professor of Religion at Furman University, the co-editor of Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, and the author of First Converts: Rich Pagan Women and the Rhetoric of Mission in Early Judaism and Christianity. MElanie Johnson-DeBaufre is Associate Professor of New Testament at Drew Theological School, Madison, NY, USA Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is the Ernest J. Villavaso, Jr. Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.

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