When Judaism and Christianity Began: Essays in Memory of Anthony J. Saldarini - Vol. 1

When Judaism and Christianity Began: Essays in Memory of Anthony J. Saldarini - Vol. 1

When Judaism and Christianity Began: Essays in Memory of Anthony J. Saldarini - Vol. 1

When Judaism and Christianity Began: Essays in Memory of Anthony J. Saldarini - Vol. 1

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A sage who died—all are regarded as his near
relatives

Yerushalmi Moed Qatan 3:7 I.1

We gather in these pages to celebrate the enduring heritage in learning bequeathed to coming generations by Anthony J. Saldarini (1941–2001). How much we should not have known or understood had he not lived and worked as he did! But he was taken from us in the fullness of life, and, while accomplished, he cannot be said to have completed his work. It becomes the honorable duty of those who gather to erect a memorial to his life to carry that work forward. That is why the partners in this project of memorialization have chosen to continue studying problems of interest to him, rereading elements of his oeuvre and in many instances moving further in the directions to which he pointed. In this way we say the scholars' good-bye to a scholar much loved for his virtue, honored for his authentic learning, and admired for his acumen.

So we focus our commemorative essays on the several fields in formative Christianity and Judaism to which he devoted his best efforts: earliest Christianity, with special attention to the Gospels; Judaism in late antiquity; and the interchange between Judaism and Christianity then and now. So too the disciplines represented in these pages match his: history (including archaeology), literature, religion, and theology. We leave it to the contributors to this project to explain for themselves the connection between their essays and his books and articles, which each has done.

That the papers hold together in a cogent pattern matching the several fields of his oeuvre is clear from the divisions into which they are divided. Their coherence matches Anthony J. Saldarini's capacity to bring together learning of the highest quality in fields that, before his generation, intersected only rarely. These are the study of Judaism in antiquity, the study of Christianity in antiquity, and the study of their symbiosis. That is not to suggest that specialists in the one did not undertake forays into the sources of specialization of the other. Anthony J. Saldarini was by no means the first to . . .

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