Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Contributors

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

Peter Richardson

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pp. ix-x

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...

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1. Law and Religion: Origins and Present State

Peter Richardson

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pp. 1-18

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...

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2. Whence "The Torah" of Second Temple Judaism

Stephen Westerholm

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pp. 19-44

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...

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3. Torah, Nomos and Law

Stephen Westerholm

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pp. 45-56

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...

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4. Law, Grace and the "Soteriology" of Judaism

Stephen Westerholm

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pp. 57-74

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...

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5. Law and Christian Ethics

Stephen Westerholm

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pp. 75-92

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...

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6. Torah and Early Christian Groups

Michael Pettem

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pp. 93-108

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...

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7. Rivkin and Neusner on the Pharisees

Albert I. Baumgarten

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pp. 109-126

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...

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8. Sadducees and Halakah

Cecilia Wassen

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pp. 127-146

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...

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9. Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity

Peter Richardson

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pp. 147-156

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

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pp. 157-160

Index of References

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pp. 161-164

Further Series Titles

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