This work compares two third century texts on idolatry: Tertullian's De Idolatria and the rabbinic Mishnah Avodah Zarah, against the background of modern discussions of the "parting of the ways" between Jews and Christians.
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Stephanie E. Binder, Ph.D. (2009) in Classical Studies, is Lecturer in Classical Studies at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). Her field of research is the relations between Jews, pagans and Christians from the time of the Second Temple to the early Middle Ages
Introduction Part 1: General Background Christians in Carthage Jews in Carthage: between Palestine and the Diaspora The "Parting of the Ways" Scholarship on the Possible Jewish Influence on Tertullian's Texts Part 2: Direct Context Tertullian's Heresies Tertullian's Place among Other Christian Authors: Views on Idolatry in Comparison Generalities The Character of the Speech on Idols Other Common Themes Tertullian in a Graeco-Roman World The Issue of the Jews' Involvement within the Wider Graeco-Roman World Part 3: Tertullian and the Jews on Idolatry Comparison Contribution of the Comparison: Jews and Christians in Contact Conclusions
"...this book presents an erudite and interesting contribution to the study of the shared world of Jews and Christians in the Roman Mediterranean and will be of value to a wide range of readers interested in the dialogue between the two." - Mira Balberg, Northwestern University, in: BMCR 2013.10.13
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