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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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5 Christian Belief and Rabbinic Faith

5 Christian Belief and Rabbinic Faith

(p.101) 5 Christian Belief and Rabbinic Faith
Brothers Estranged

Adiel Schremer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter raises the question whether rabbinic texts that seem to be relating to issues standing at the heart of the Jewish and Christian debate throughout the ages—such as Christology and the Christian belief in the Messiahship of Jesus, Israel's election, faith, and the observance of the commandments—should indeed be interpreted as an anti-Christian polemic on the part of the Rabbis. It suggests a different context for the interpretation of these texts, namely, the imperial cult and the imperial power, and it maintains that the Rabbi's need to accentuate certain religious stances—such as the rejection of the idea of Divine Man, or the importance of faithfulness—was determined, to a large degree, by the circumstances and the historical context in which they were expressed.

Keywords:   Christology, faith, observance of the commandments, anti-Christian polemic, imperial cult, imperial power, emunah, faithfulness

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