By Leo Duprée Sandgren

The examine of Jewish/Christian historical past in antiquity is experiencing a renaissance. Textual witnesses and archaeological websites are being reevaluated and revisited. hence, writer Sandgren asserts, the connection among Jews and Christians has shifted from a "mother/daughter" paradigm to at least one larger defined as "siblings." spotting that Judaism and Christianity are what they're as a result of one another and weren't shaped in isolation, Sandgren offers readers and researchers with a accomplished generation-by-generation political heritage of the Jews--from the autumn of the 1st Temple and the Babylonian Exile in the course of the upward thrust of Christianity out of Judaism--to the conquest of Jerusalem by way of Muslim Arabs and the increase of Christianity out of Judaism, to the purpose the place either are absolutely outlined opposed to one another at first of the center a while. With an exceptional topic index and a powerful chronological framework, this ebook is a handy reference paintings to this prolonged interval of antiquity, with enough "bookends" of background to teach the place it all started and the way it ends. utilizing a number of modern reviews in addition to frequently missed classics, Sandgren completely develops the concept that of "the humans of God" and the middle ideology in the back of Jewish and Christian self-definition. A prepared source for either scholars and students, pastors and laypeople, this obtainable reference additionally contains a bibliography and an old resources index in addition to a CD. The hooked up CD can have the full booklet as a searchable PDF in addition to an inventory of names of emperors, rabbis, and church fathers.

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That said, many a reader will be struck, and perhaps offended, by the critical analysis that is applied to a history so dear to one’s heart. That is natural, understandable, and alas, c’est la vie. History is history: the goal of knowing as best we can what happened in the past and extrapolating why it happened as it did. All histories are judged by a canon of scientific method. ” There are, to be sure, significant, and at times insurmountable, disagreements among specialists on various interpretations of the historical data.

That is undoubtedly true, but not the whole truth. Some Jews and some Christians, on occasion, tweaked their rivals, or even rioted  Introduction 7 and burned down synagogues or churches and slew each other. While it is difficult to gauge a latent animosity lying beneath the thin veneer of civilization in a given generation, there are sufficient signs to suggest that the vast majority of Jews and Christians passed easily between the two communities, shared common interests and the mutual needs for survival; in other words, daily business among the silent majority.

But Yahweh replied, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child,’ for you must go to all to whom I send you and say whatever I command you. ” Then Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched my mouth, and Yahweh said to me: “There! I have put my words into your mouth. ”13 Jeremiah was perhaps struck at an early age by the tradition of the legendary prophet Samuel, who was also called as a boy to prophesy and who served in his early years at the sanctuary of Shiloh. ” The deep roots of such distinguished heritage may have permeated his childhood and fed his sense of moment, heir to Moses and Samuel.

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