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While interest in Paul's relationship to Judaism has been growing recently, this study adds an important aspect by comparing Paul’s practical instruction with the ancient halakha or Jewish traditional law. First Corinthians is found to be a source of prime importance, and surprisingly, halakha appears to be basic to Paul's instruction for non-Jewish Christians. The book includes thorough discussion of hermeneutic and methodological implications, always viewed in relation to the history of Pauline and Judaic study. Attention is also being paid to the setting within Hellenistic culture. Finally, conclusions are drawn about the texture of Paul's thought and these are applied to two ‘theological’ passages decisive for his place in Judaism. Historical and theological implications are vast, both regarding Paul's relationship to Judaism, his attitude towards Jesus and his Apostles, and the meaning of his teaching concerning justification and the Law.
Author: Peter J. Tomson

Christine Hayes

What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015. Pp. xviii, 412. $ 39.50 / £ 27.95. Hardcover, isbn 9780691165196.

Christine Hayes has both enriched and challenged the scholarly community with a thoroughly explorative, ambitious, and erudite study of the modalities of Jewish law in relation to Graeco-Roman law theory. Part i of the book describes “discourses of divine law” in Old Testament writings and in Greek and Roman philosophers. Both literatures share the idea of divine law but understand this in opposite ways: for the Greeks it

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Peter J. Tomson

Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 94-151 139 Mapping the New Testament: Early Christian Writings as a Witness for Jewish Bibli- cal Exegesis. By Serge Ruzer. ( Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series 13). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007. Pp. x, 254. Hardback. € 109.00 / US$ 155.00. ISBN 978-90-04-15892-4. The subtitle reveals what is not immediately clear when one opens the book: Serge Ruzer set out “mapping the New Testament as witness to broader contem- poraneous Jewish trends” (8) or to “wider Jewish hermeneutical trends” (240). The introduction gradually meanders from Daniel Boyarin’s demarcation

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Peter J. Tomson

Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 94-151 121 Le Talmud et les origines juives du christianisme; Jésus, Paul et les judéo-chrétiens dans la littérature talmudique . By Dan Jaffé. Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 2007. Pp. 227. € 23.00. ISBN 978-2-204-08264-8. The merit of this book, as of Jaffé’s previous one (see JSJ 39, 136-137), is that it squarely faces elements in the rabbinic sources which may be unpleasant for modern readers. The fact is that the early Tannaic tradition is remarkable for its pronouncements and rules against minim and that in this category,

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Peter J. Tomson

120 Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 41 (2010) 94-151 Jewish Christianity Reconsidered: Rethinking Ancient Groups and Texts . Edited by Matt Jackson-McCabe. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Pp. vii, 389. Hardback. US$ 35.00. ISBN 978-0-8006-3865-8. The editor’s opening chapter of this dynamic and challenging book is a lucid and very readable criticism of the usual categories, and their history, by which schol- ars designate, describe, and define “Jewish” “Christianity.” Two sets of quotation marks are needed there: by what standard are those concerned “Jewish” and “Christian”? For comparison, Matt Jackson-McCabe refers to the categories “apocalypticism” and

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Peter Tomson

Review of Books / Journalftr the Study ofJudaism 40 (2009) 366-456 403 Jesus und das Judentum. By Martin Hengel and Anna Maria Schwemer. (Geschichte des /rUhen Christentums, Band I). Tiibingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007. Pp. xxiv, 749. Hardback. € 99.00. ISBN 978-3-16-149359-1. Die vorliegende Geschichte des offenclichen Aunretens von Jesus von Nazareth soIl sich zu einer insgesamt vierbandigen "Geschichte des friihen Christentums" ausdehnen, deren weitere Bande das "apostolische" Zeitalter 30-45 C.E., die eigenclich "nach-apostolische" Zeit 45-100, und die Kirchengeschichte bis ein- schliesslich Clemens von Alexandrien behandeln sollen. Das Projekt beinhaltet nichts weniger als eine Neuschreibung der friihesten Kirchengeschichte mit zwei fundamentalen

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism
Author: Peter Tomson

Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 39 (2008) 88-145 109 Le judaïsme et l’ avènement du christianisme: orthodoxie et hétérodoxie dans la littéra- ture talmudique I er -II e siècle . By Dan Jaffé. (Patrimoines Judaïsme). Paris, Les édi- tions du Cerf. Pp. 484. paperback. €49. ISBN 2-204-07759-3. In the work under review, Dan Jaffé has presented us with a voluminous dossier that can no longer be ignored as regards the conflicting relations of Jews and Christians in the period following the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 C.E. Th is is a period as

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136 Review of Books / Journal for the Study of Judaism 39 (2008) 88-145 Didache and Judaism: Jewish Roots of an Ancient Christian-Jewish Work . By Mar- cello del Verme. New York-London, T & T Clark 2004. Pp. xv, 291. Paperback. £65. ISBN 0-567-02541-1. Having been published in Italian over the course of some fifteen years, the bibli- ography plus four studies on the Didache now published in English are the fruit of Professor Del Verme’s longstanding involvement with the Didache —that intriguing and important document of an “unknown sect” on the developing borderline of Judaism and Christianity. Th e

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