In my imagination, this was the new way forward: a church for all religions. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. His scholarly concern is with the religions of the Roman Empire, especially early Christianity and its relations to ancient Judaism. For if Christianity can deflect the blame to the pagan culture, then it is absolved for the origin of anti-Semitism if not for the ongoing support of it. Today, it is practically impossible for Christians or post-Christians to read Paul without invoking this narrative. Gager highlights the sixth war between the two for special attention.
Agrippa, after all, had been a friend to Gaius Caligula. Gager's careful rereading of famous texts is both mind-bending and eye-opening. Print on Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 10 working days. The Christian leaders sought clear boundaries between nascent Christianity and Judaism which they hoped would phase out. This is consistent with the tradition that Paul was the apostle to the uncircumcised. But just because Rome appeared to solve its Judean problem by renaming the province Syria Palestina does not mean that the Roman propaganda during the conflicts did not have significant impact on the attitudes of pagans.
In short, this book was a complete waste of time and is a better study in what modern white guilt does to a mind than in anything historical at all. Rome was justifiably proud of its collection of peoples but each group came into the Empire under different circumstances and with different benefits and liabilities. As Gager will show in the middle chapters, there is no basis for such a conclusion. Each one stood in a different and distinctive relation to Rome. Both Egyptians and Judeans living in Egypt attempted to do this but Rome objected, of course. Christian leaders objected because of their disadvantageous position in arguing before Rome that Christians were the rightful inheritors of the ancient Jewish customs and traditions. Those who would assess this period differently must do so on shaky grounds.
In contrast, Gaul had fought with Rome over many centuries. Gager Religion, Princeton has no original theories or historical Finds to advance, but he brings a vast body of scholarship into such illuminating focus that a lot of theologians and historians are going to have to revise, or at least double-check, their thinking. One can still hear the echoes of this argument today. Coherent and well documented, his fresh approach treats a difficult problem in a remarkably interesting way. In forcing a reconsideration of the second-most-pivotal figure in the history of Christianity, Gager has done a great service. Gager tells us that Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles, not the Jews.
He retired in June, 2006. Christianity could then seek legitimacy as a unique kind of philosophical school like Stoicism or a cult like Mithraism. In his thoughtful, incisive, and lucidly written book, John Gager presents a radical challenge to the way that people have read Paul for 2000 years. The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul 2015, Columbia University Press. This phenomenon is well described in Dr.
This interpretation effectively removes anti-Semitism from the Bible. Judeans had a long history of dealing with Egypt and the prospects based on that history were dubious at best if Egypt had won. Paul is often considered the co-founder of Christianity. In this highly accessible book, John Gager challenges this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's words have been taken out of their original context, distorted, and generally misconstrued. In forcing a reconsideration of the second-most-pivotal figure in the history of Christianity, Gager has done a great service. Claudius attempted to take an even-handed approach which was largely successful.
Gager, not surprisingly, sees this as a tragedy, and an especially ironic one in that the anti-Judaizers Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Origen, etc. Gager's Paul is pre-Christian, a Jew who believed in Jesus as the Messiah who came to fulfill, not to destroy, the Law. When that sinks in, one sees a very different Paul. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Only a post-hoc reading of Paul could have led to the conclusion that he was a fervent Christian bent on persecuting the Jews. The Roman Empire consisted of a collection of ethnic provinces. Moreover, Paul relied on rhetorical devices that were familiar to his intended audience but opaque to later readers of the letters.
This is consistent with what Gager has pointed out repeatedly in the first part of the book: the main issue is a change of status or citizenship change. Finally Gager turns to the problem of Paul in the last third of the book. Some scholars even find his influence in the Gospels. For those wanting the condensed version, I would suggest his book, Reinventing Paul 2000. Did he consider circumcision to be necessary for salvation? According to most Egyptians they had favored the wrong side in the war.
Priority reading for church historians--and anyone else who wants to study the religious roots of the Holocaust. No one concerned with the troubled relationship between Judaism and Christianity, whether in ancient or modern times, can afford to ignore it. A revisionist reading of early anti-Judaism, in which the author challenges the prevailing opinion and offers a richer picture than ever before of the Jews and Christians of antiquity. Priority reading for church historians--and anyone else who wants to study the religious roots of the Holocaust. Judaism's continuing appeal to pagans meant that Christians were competing with Jews for converts and, more critically, that thousands of Christian proselytes, from 1st-century Galatia to late-4th-century Constantinople, were also enthusiastic Judaizers, which provoked anti-Judaic and then anti-Semitic reactions within the Christian community--reactions that won the day and hardened into a permanent tradition.