Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Heresy, Forgery, Novelty – Condemning, Denying, and Asserting Innovation in Ancient Judaism - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Heresy, Forgery, Novelty: Condemning, Denying, and Asserting Innovation in Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans


Historians of heresy typically understand the phenomenon as a Christian invention, a notion that emerges in late antiquity as Christianity distinguishes itself from Judaism. Operating with simpler, straightforward definitions of key terms, this book demonstrates that Christianity’s heresiological impulse is indebted to Jewish precedents. Briefly put, the dynamic this book explores can be summarized as follows: Heresy involves the condemnation of novelty; forgery entails the feigning of antiquity. Novelty ensues with the valorization of innovation, which can harden into supersessionism—the inve ... More

Keywords: forgery, heresy, innovation, new covenant, newness, pseudepigraphy, supersessionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190062507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190062507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Klawans, author
Professor of Religion, Boston University