Establishing Boundaries

Christian-Jewish Relations in Early Council Texts and the Writings of Church Fathers


This book addresses the ongoing close relations between ordinary Christians and Jews on a daily basis at a time when church leaders were increasingly trying to establish boundaries between Christians and other religious groupings, especially Jews.
Until recently, most historical studies of late antique Christian-Jewish relations had been primarily based on the writings of the church fathers.This new study makes use of a new type of source material: fourth to late sixth century council documents in which clear indications are given of the daily relationships between Christians and Jews. The texts from the eastern and western Mediterranean describe contacts between Christianity and Judaism at the level of ordinary people. These contacts remained close for a much longer period than the church leaders would have liked.

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Biographical Note

F.J.E. Boddens Hosang, PhD (2008) Tilburg University, MA in Ancient History at London University, MA in Theology at the Catholic Theological University Utrecht, after having taught History in international schools, now works as a religious education advisor to Catholic elementary schools in Leiden, the Netherlands, and as a volunteer at the RC Spiritual Centre De Boskant, in the Hague. Recent work includes a review in the Review of Biblical Literature Newsletter (Aug. 2008) and a lecture at the international congress ‘Nostra Aetate Today’ ( Pontifical Gregorian University Rome,Oct. 2005).

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"The book is well researched and a valuable contribution."
Journal of Ancient Judaism no.2.1-2011.


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