Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Judaism and Christianity in First-Century Rome

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Judaism and Christianity in First-Century Rome

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Judaism and Christianity in First-Century Rome. Edited by Karl P. Donfried and Peter Richardson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 19989, xiv + 329 pp., $24.00.

The essays collected in this volume are substantially revised versions of papers given originally in meetings of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS). The editors co-chaired several meetings from 1992-1994 on "New Testament Texts in Their Cultural Environment," with the subject being Rome. After an introductory essay by the editors entitled "In the First Century: The Nature and Scope of the Question," Part 1: Archaeological and Epigraphic Studies features the following essays: "Augustan-Era Synagogues in Rome," by Peter Richardson (pp. 16-29); "Synagogue and Society in Imperial Ostia: Archaeological and Epigraphic Evidence," by I. Michael White (pp. 30-68); and "The Interaction of Jews with Non-Jews in Rome," by Graydon F. Snyder (pp. 69-90); Part 2: Social-Historical Studies includes: "Roman Policy toward the Jews: Expulsions from the City of Rome during the First Century C. …

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