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The New Testament and Hellenistic Judaism
Edited by Peder Borgen and Soren Giversen
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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 the New Testament teachings and presupositions 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 Helenistic 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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Table of Contents
The Covenant - theirs or ours?
"Guiding the Knowing Vessel of your Heart"
Nikolaus Walter Hellenistic Jews of the Diaspora at the Cradle of Primitive Christianity
Marinus de Jonge
The so-called Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament and Early Christianity
James H. Charlesworth
The Son of David: Solomon and Jesus
Adela Yarbro Collins
Apotheosis and Resurrection
The Hellenistic Theios Aner - A Model for Early Christian Christology?
The Distinctive Character of the New Testament Love Command in Relation to Hellenistic Judaism
Some Hebrew and Pagan Features in Philo's and Paul's Interpretation of Hagar and Ishmael
Karl Gustav Sandelin
Does paul Argue Against Sacramentalism and Over-Confidence in I Cor 10:1-14?
Per Jarle Bekken
Paul's Use of Deut 30:12-14 in Jewish Context
Paul and Hellenistc Judaism in Corinth
The Catalogues of Hardships in teh Pauline Correspondence: Background and Function
The Structural Typology of Adam and Christ. Some Modal-Semiotic Comments on the Basic Narrative of the Letter to the Romans
Index of Names
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