Item description for The New Testament and Hellenistic Judaism by Soren Giversen...
A substantial portion of the New Testament was either written in the Jewish Diaspora or addressed to members of the Diaspora. This means that Hellenistic Judaism outside of Palestine was to a great extent the matrix from which New Testament thought developed, so that New Testament teachings and presuppositions about the relationship of the followers of Jesus to the "Old Covenant" must be understood in terms of Hellenistic Jewish understandings of that covenant. These papers, which were presented at a conference held at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in 1992, investigate different aspects of the relationship of formative Christianity to its Hellenistic Jewish matrix.
Contributors are European scholars, such as the volume editors and Marinus de Jonge, and Americans, including James Charlesworth and Adela Yarbro Collins. Topics include: ownership of the covenant according to the Epistle of Barnabas; Alexandrian Jewish religious life as seen in texts prior to Philo; the universality of Torah in Hellenistic Judaism as a preparation for gentile Christianity; the Jewishness of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and of certain magical texts; the Jewish background of Mark's empty tomb account, Mark's theios aner christology, and the New Testament love command; comparisons of Philonic and Pauline biblical exegesis; the role of Hellenistic philosophy in the Corinthian conflict; the influence of passion traditions on Pauline hardship catalogs; and the semiotics of the Adam-Christ typology in Romans. All articles are in English, including one newly translated from German for this edition.
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a let down. May 22, 2007
I was very excited when I came across the title of this book, as I was seeking to understand The New Testament in relation to Hellenistic Judaism. This book asks the right questions, but fails to deliver any substantial conslusions. It also fails to consider enough relevant material in what it does attempt to cover. I don't like to be so negative, but about the only thing I can see this book being good for is to tip one off to further inquiry or to maybe at least get one thinking about the issues raised in the book.
Correct me if I'm wrong! They seem to be knocking the Jews real bad. Dec 30, 2006
I'm Jewish, and I am no theologian, but this book was stunning to me. It is a collection of essays based on a conference, so I am necessarily mixing a whole bunch of people's opinions together. One writer says Judaism is a cult because we have a Sabbath and circumcision! Wow, I thought every religion had its requirements. Doesn't Christianity have a Sabbath? Another guy says, 'the Jews killed Jesus.' I thought contemporary Christianity had moved beyond that!
If you are a Christian, I hope you don't go along with this stuff. The Christians I know don't.
If you are Jewish, beware! There are fundamentalists who do believe this and they are forming alliances with Jews on Israel and conservative cultural issues. Don't get sucked in.