Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

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David Lincicum, Ruth Sheridan, Charles M. Stang
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck
    , May
     232 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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According to a persistent popular stereotype, early Judaism is seen as a "legalistic" religious tradition, in contrast to early Christianity, which seeks to obviate and so to supersede, annul, or abrogate Jewish law. Although scholars have known better since the surge of interest in the question of the law in post-Holocaust academic circles, the complex stances of both early Judaism and early Christianity toward questions of law observance have resisted easy resolution or sweeping generalizations. The essays in this volume aim to bring to the fore the legalistic and antinomian dimensions in both traditions, with a variety of contributions that examine the formative centuries of these two great religions and their legal traditions. They explore how law and lawlessness are in tension throughout this early, formative period, and not finally resolved in one direction or the other.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Lincicum is associate professor of New Testament and early Christian studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

Ruth Sheridan is senior research fellow at the Translational Health Research Institute and adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Religion and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Charles M. Stang is professor of early Christian thought and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.


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