Jewish Law in Gentile Churches


Format: Paperback

Vendor: Baker Publishing Group

Publication Date: November 01, 2003

ISBN: 0801027586

ISBN-13: 9780801027581

Number of Pages: 332

Weight: 1.19 lb

Dimensions: 9 × 6 (inches)

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Why did the early Christian church, with its many Gentile members, keep Old Testament commandments about sex and idolatry but disregard many others, like those about food or ritual purity? Did Christianity inherit its norms of moral reasoning from Judaism or invent them afresh?

In Jewish Law in Gentile Churches, Markus Bockmuehl approaches such questions by examining the halakhic (Jewish legal) rationale behind the ethics of Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians. Bockmuehl offers an alternative to the prevailing attitude that "law-free" Christianity arose in response to Jewish "legalism." Drawing heavily upon primary sources, he suggests that early Christian ethics were more solidly based in Jewish legal teaching than has generally been thought.

This important study has far-reaching implications not only for the study of the New Testament, but more broadly for the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. First published by T & T Clark, Jewish Law in Gentile Churches is now available to a North American audience in this affordable paperback edition.

Author Info

Markus Bockmuehl (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of Keble College. His books include Jewish Law in Gentile Churches, Philippians in Black's New Testament Commentary series, and Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study.

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