Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period
The Debate over Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity
Publication Year: 1991
The role and function of law in religious communities in the Roman period—especially in Judaism—has been a key issue among scholars in recent years. This thought-provoking work is the first full-scale attempt to write a historical assessment of the scholarly debate concerning this question, focussing on two closely related religious communities, Judaism and Christianity. By juxtaposing the two religions, a clearer understanding of the developments with respect to torah and nomos in Judaism and early Christianity emerges.
This insightful work, placing emphasis on the major figures and both the scholarly lines of development and the appropriate lines for future research, will set the debate in a clearer and more and succinct manner. It will serve as a critical point of reference for further discussion.
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Law in post-Biblical Judaism and early Christianity continues to be a matter of prime importance. As the present volume shows, the history of scholarship on the place of torah and nomos, and of their relationship, is very rich. A seminar of the Canadian Society of Biblical...
1. Law and Religion: Origins and Present State
The last 25 years have witnessed a fascination with law in religious and theological circles.1 This attention — described in parts of what follows but much larger than even this account would suggest—has not been much noticed, nor has its significance been carefully...
2. Whence "The Torah" of Second Temple Judaism
To the independent-minded toddler, the proximity of a parent is both wanted and unwanted, a sensed but scarcely to be acknowledged need. Much Christian writing about law is marked by a similar ambivalence. That, centuries...
3. Torah, Nomos and Law
In chapter two Torah has been used interchangeably with its tradition rendering "law." Since Solomon Schechter's Aspects of Rabbinic Theology,1 however, it has become common to claim that the English...
4. Law, Grace and the "Soteriology" of Judaism
Since the Dead Sea Scrolls began to be published, the revolutionary discovery that Judaism of the Second Temple period was diverse has been announced in several scores of scholarly works. Not to be...
5. Law and Christian Ethics
Does law have a place in Christian ethics? The long history and complexity of the discussion resist facile summation. Here a look at the work of three significant British scholars must suffice to indicate some of the issues involved...
6. Torah and Early Christian Groups
The range of attitudes toward the Jewish law which may have been present in early Christianity has been explored in great detail as a focus of 19th- and 20th-century research into the development of the church in the New Testament period. Evidence for diverse...
7. Rivkin and Neusner on the Pharisees
Albert I. Baumgarten
If the First Temple period can be characterized as an era in which Israelites debated whether or not to worship the God of the Bible alone, that question was eventually answered for most as a result of the Babylonian exile: only that God was to be acknowledged. The...
8. Sadducees and Halakah
There are no extant Sadducean writings; all attempts to find original Sadducean material in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha have failed.1 We are left only with texts about the Sadducees written by...
9. Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity
The seminar on torah and nomos, a part of the formal activities of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies from 1983 to 1988, sought to focus on four main features: (1) the relation of torah as understood...
Index of Authors
Index of References
Further Series Titles
Page Count: 174
Publication Year: 1991
Series Title: Studies in Christianity and Judaism
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