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Brothers EstrangedHeresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity$
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Adiel Schremer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.001.0001

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2 Conceptualizing Minut

2 Conceptualizing Minut

The Denial of God and the Renunciation of His People

(p.49) 2 Conceptualizing Minut
Brothers Estranged

Adiel Schremer (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter picks up the results of the previous one and suggests that early rabbinic literature constructs the doubts concerning God's power and providence, indeed His very being, as the heart of minut. At the same time early rabbinic literature ascribes similar stances also to the Nations of the world, and view the Roman Empire as their emblem and carrier. minut, in early rabbinic discourse, was much more than theological error and the holding of false views concerning God. It was thought of also from a social-national perspective, that is, as separation from the Jewish community and collaboration with the enemy. For second-century Palestinian Rabbis, social-national separatism and the denial of God were the two sides of one and the same coin.

Keywords:   God's power, providence, Nations of the world, Roman empire, denial of God, separatism

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