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Judaism and the Gentiles
Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE)

By Terence L. Donaldson

Judaism and the Gentiles
Hardback, 580 pages $69.95
Published: 15th January 2008
ISBN: 9781602580251
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

In the Second-Temple period non-Jews were attracted to Judaism's communal life, religious observance and theological imagination. On the Jewish side, this was matched by the development of several discrete "patterns of universalism"-ways in which Jews were able to conceive of a positive place for Gentiles within their symbolic world. In this book Terence Donaldson collects and comments on all of the texts (to the end of the second Jewish rebellion in 135 CE) that deal with Gentile sympathizers, proselytes, ethical monotheists and participants in end-time redemption. In impressive detail, Donaldson identifies, defines, and describes these "patterns of universalism."




1. Introduction

Part I: Texts and Commentary

2. Scripture, Septuagint and Apocrypha

3. Pseudepigrapha

4. Qumran

5. Philo

6. Josephus

7. Greco-Roman Literature

8. Early Christian Literature

9. Inscriptions

Part II: Patterns of Universalism

10. Sympathization

11. Conversion

12. Ethical Monotheism

13. Participation in Eschatological Salvation

14. Conclusion



Donaldson has taken on an immense task surveying Jewish Salvation and Gentile Universalism through a broad sweep of literature and continually testing his conclusions against the text. I find this to be the most complete collection of relevant documents and quotations I have ever encountered. This volume deserves to be in every university and seminary library and on the shelf of every scholar whose research touches on this critical developmental period for both Judaism and Christianity.

—Victor Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

Terence L. Donaldson (Th.D. Wycliffe College and University of Toronto) is Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament Studies at Wycliffe College and the Director of Advanced Degree Programs at the Toronto School of Theology. He is the author of two other books, including, Jesus on the Mountain: A Study in Matthean Theology (JSTOT Press), and Paul and the Gentiles: Remapping the Apostle's Convictional World (Fortress Press).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 580 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006220, REL006630
 Baylor University Press

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