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Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

Judith Lieu


Early Christianity took shape through its texts, and is only available to us in the earliest centuries through its texts. Using contemporary models of how identity is constructed, the construction of Christian identity through texts of the first two centuries can be placed alongside that of Greeks, Romans, and Jews. Particularly important are a sense of history, defining boundaries, a distinctive practice, conceptualized space to inhabit, constructions of gender, the use of ethnic categories, and the manipulation of ‘the other’, alongside the explicit development of a technical terminology. Cl ... More

Keywords: Christian, Early Christianity, Early Judaism, Greekness, Identity, New Testament, Romanness, Second century, Texts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199262896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Lieu, author
Professor of New Testament Studies, King's College London
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