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The Christian and Judaic Invention of History (Studies in Religion / American Acacemy of Religion)

ISBN13: 9781555403218
ISBN: 1555403212
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $40.0
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Pages: 272
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The twelve articles in this book (five of them by editor Jacob Neusner) explore the background developments and motivating forces for what Neusner calls the "re-invention" of history in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. The Christianization of the Roman empire under Constantine is seen as the impetus for reexamination within both Christianity and Judaism of their historical foundations. History then became a "mode of religious-theological discourse" for the respective communities of faith. The other contributors to the volume are: Burton Mack, Glenn Chestnut, Arnaldo Momigliano, Nahum Glatzer, and William Scott Green.