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Heresy, Forgery, NoveltyCondemning, Denying, and Asserting Innovation in Ancient Judaism$
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Jonathan Klawans

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190062507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190062507.001.0001

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Conclusions, Hypotheses, and Reflections

Conclusions, Hypotheses, and Reflections

(p.159) Conclusions, Hypotheses, and Reflections
Heresy, Forgery, Novelty

Jonathan Klawans

Oxford University Press

The main conclusions of the work are briefly recapitulated. The Christian heresiological condemnation of novelty has Jewish roots. The Jewish aversion to innovation can be seen in the various ways ancient Jews disguised new things as if they were older. The early Christian embrace of innovation constitutes an important departure from broader ancient Jewish trends. Building on these conclusions, some additional hypotheses are offered concerning the possible interrelationships between heresiological condemnations of innovation and polemical, supersessionistic assertions of innovation. Perhaps the Christian embrace of the new and condemnation of the old were themselves born as polemic responses to Jewish condemnations of novelty. Finally, some additional reflections are offered for consideration, concerning the eventual “partings of the ways” between Judaism and Christianity and some intriguing interrelationships between heresiology and scholarship.

Keywords:   anachronism, deceit, forgery, heresy, novelty, parting of the ways

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