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Brothers Estranged: Heresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity

Adiel Schremer


This book seeks to reconstruct the earliest rabbinic discourse of minut (frequently understood as the Hebrew equivalent of the Christian term “heresy”), and to reassess the place that early Christianity occupied in that discourse. It suggests that the emergence of the rabbinic discourse of religious identity was a response to an identity crisis of a post-traumatic society, shattered by the powerful Roman empire. In order to re-affirm its values and distinct Jewish identity Palestinian rabbinic society developed a discourse of “heresy,” in which its religious boundaries were re-established by t ... More

Keywords: minut, heresy, Jewish identity, early Christianity, rabbinic Judaism, Roman empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adiel Schremer, author
Bar-Ilan University
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