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Author Binder, Stephanie E
Title Tertullian, on Idolatry and Mishnah Avodah Zarah : Questioning the Parting of the Ways Between Christians and Jews in Late Antiquity
Imprint Leiden : BRILL, 2012
©2012
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (268 pages)
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Series Jewish and Christian Perspectives Ser
Jewish and Christian Perspectives Ser
Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part One General Background -- Chapter One Christians in Carthage -- Chapter Two Jews in Carthage: Between Palestine and the Diaspora -- Chapter Three The "Parting of the Ways" -- Making the Borderlines Clearer Following the Destruction of the Temple -- Obvious Separation between Judaism and Christianity Does Not Prevent Ongoing Contacts -- Judaism and Christianity Remain Intertwined -- The Failure -- The Comparison of Tertullian's De Idolatria with Massekhet Avodah Zarah as a Case Study -- Chapter Four Scholarship on the Possible Jewish Influence on Tertullian's Texts -- Claiming a Jewish Influence on Tertullian -- Denying Jewish Influence on Tertullian -- Part Two Direct Context -- Chapter Five Tertullian's Heresies -- A Jewish Experience? -- A Particular Case in a Particular Environment -- Montanist Schism? -- What Kind of Montanism Did Tertullian Know? -- Chapter Six Tertullian's Place among Other Christian Authors: Views on Idolatry in Comparison -- A Short Survey of the Different Ways the Pagans Envisaged Their Idols -- Logical Explanations -- Critics of Religion -- The Symbolists -- Generalities -- The Character of the Speech on Idols -- Other Common Themes -- Miscellaneous -- Immorality in Idolatry -- On the Jews' Observances and on Meats Offered to Idols -- Chapter Seven Tertullian in a Graeco-Roman World -- The Nature of Philosophy from the First to the Third Century CE -- Tertullian and Stoicism -- Direct Cultural Influences on Tertullian -- Chapter Eight The Issue of the Jews' Involvement within the Wider Graeco-Roman World -- The Jews and the Graeco-Roman World -- Final Remarks about the Background of the Comparison -- The Maccabees and Figurative Representations -- Openness and Withdrawal -- Part Three Tertullian and the Jews on Idolatry -- Introduction to Part Three
Chapter Nine Comparison -- Social Relationships -- Public Festivals -- Private Festivals -- Commensality -- Immorality in Idolatry -- Other Entertainments -- Bathhouses -- Shows and Games -- Garments -- Commercial Relationships -- The Name of the Idols -- "The Alleged Ban on Greek Wisdom" -- Practical Applications When Living among the Pagans -- Trading Products -- Outsmarting the Law? -- Working with the Pagans -- Neutral Space -- The Lure of Idolatry -- Dedication to Idolatry -- Coexistence -- Finding the Neutral Space -- Justifying the Neutral Space -- Chapter Ten Contribution of the Comparison: Jews and Christians in Contact -- Did Jewish and Christian Communities Meet in Carthage? -- Tertullian's Feelings towards the Jews -- Does Tertullian Refer to Real Jews? -- Do the Results of the Comparison Challenge Common Opinions about "Jewish Proselytism"? -- Jews and Christians Allied against the Pagans -- Conclusions -- Appendices -- Appendix One Identification of the Festivals Quoted in Mishnah Avodah Zarah I, 3 -- Appendix Two Genousia and Other Celebrations -- Appendix Three Intermarriage -- Appendix Four בימוסיאות -- Appendix Five Mandell vs. Lieberman -- Appendix Six Clothing -- Bibliography -- Index of Sources -- General Index
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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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Binder, Stephanie E. Tertullian, on Idolatry and Mishnah Avodah Zarah : Questioning the Parting of the Ways Between Christians and Jews in Late Antiquity Leiden : BRILL,c2012 9789004234789
Subject Tertullian
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