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Ausgabe:

Januar/2017

Spalte:

79–80

Kategorie:

Kirchengeschichte: Alte Kirche, Christliche Archäologie

Autor/Hrsg.:

Nicklas, Tobias

Titel/Untertitel:

Jews and Christians?Second-Century ›Chris-tian‹ Perspectives on the »Parting of the Ways« (Annual Deichmann Lectures 2013).

Verlag:

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014. IX, 233 S. Kart. EUR 29,00. ISBN 978-3-16-153268-9.

Rezensent:

William Horbury

This book, based on lectures at the Ben-Gurion University of Beersheva, takes up Tobias Nicklas’s long-standing concern with early Christian images of the Jews. To quote the Preface, his aim is »to nuance our perspective on what we usually call ›Parting of the Ways‹«. He accepts that in the second century »Christians« were recognized by outsiders as forming a group, and a group distinct from Jews, as Tacitus and Pliny show. He wants appreciation of this point to be nuanced, however, by recognition of fluidity, diversity and tension among Christ-followers – »Gnostic«, »proto-orthodox« or »Jewish Christian« – and of the internal reasons which Christian writers may therefore have for underlining division from Jews.
This emphasis on diversity and the internal need ...


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