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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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7 Conclusion: A Different Perspective

7 Conclusion: A Different Perspective

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(p.143) 7 Conclusion: A Different Perspective
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Brothers Estranged
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Adiel Schremer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.003.0008

This chapter suggests that the rabbinic discourse of minut offers an important point of view on the social-historical meaning of discourses of identity more broadly. For minut, in Tannaitic sources, is treated no less as a social and communal deviance than as a doctrinal challenge. This indicates that the problem with heretics, although frequently presented in relation to their religious beliefs and the doctrines they embrace, may be located, in fact, in the realm of social and communal concerns. What motivates the rabbinic discourse of minut is a concern for social and communal cohesion. It is characterized by concepts of social solidarity and belonging, no less than by a concept of “correct belief.”

Keywords:   minut, discourse of identity, doctrine, communal cohesion, social solidarity, social belonging

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