The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Library of Early Christology) (Paperback)

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The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism: Papers from the St Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus (Library of Early Christology) (Paperback)

By Carey C. Newman (Editor), James R. Davila (Editor), Gladys S. Lewis (Editor)

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Second Temple Judaism exerted a profound and shaping influence upon early Christianity. The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism documents this influence by exploring the ways in which the Christian praxis of Christ-devotion in the first two centuries of the Common Era can be understood as a manifestation of Jewish monotheism.

The volume approaches this phenomenon along four distinctive lines of inquiry: (1) reexamining (and problematizing) the theological force of monotheism during the Second Temple period; (2) retracing the historical steps of Christianity's adaptation, mutation, and/or redefinition of Jewish monotheism; (3) exploring and debating the influence of non-Jewish traditions on this process; and (4) mapping how Christianity's unique appropriation of Jewish monotheism helps explain the intriguing relationships among emerging Christian, Jewish, and gnostic communities.

Eighteen chapters, each from an expert in the study of early Judaism and Christianity, comprise the volume. The chapters collectively demonstrate how the creation of new mythic narratives, the revelatory power of mystical experiences, and the sociology of community formation capitalized on Jewish mediator traditions to initiate the praxis of Christ-devotion.

Carey C. Newman is Director of Baylor University Press and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Baylor University.James R. Davila (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Early Jewish Studies at St Mary's College in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews.Gladys S. Lewis (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is retired Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Product Details ISBN: 9781481307970
ISBN-10: 1481307975
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2017
Pages: 385
Language: English
Series: Library of Early Christology