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Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period

The Debate over Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity

by (author) Peter Richardson, Stephen Westerholm, Albert I. Baumgarten, Michael Pettem & Cecilia Wassén

Publisher
CCSR, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2006
Category
Comparative Religion, Rituals & Practice, Religion, Politics & State
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780889206328
    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
    List Price
    $42.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889202016
    Publish Date
    Apr 1991
    List Price
    $42.99

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The role and function of law in religious communities in the Roman period—especially in Judaism—has been a key issue among scholars in recent years. This thought-provoking work is the first full-scale attempt to write a historical assessment of the scholarly debate concerning this question, focussing on two closely related religious communities, Judaism and Christianity. By juxtaposing the two religions, a clearer understanding of the developments with respect to torah and nomos in Judaism and early Christianity emerges.

This insightful work, placing emphasis on the major figures and both the scholarly lines of development and the appropriate lines for future research, will set the debate in a clearer and more and succinct manner. It will serve as a critical point of reference for further discussion.

About the authors

Peter Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry: Sympathy for Couriers, which won the 2008 A.M. Klein Poetry Award, An ABC of Belly Work, and A Tinker's Press. His poems have also appeared in magazines and journals such as Descant, Poetry, Sonora Review, the Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and the Rialto (UK). He lives in Gatineau, QC.

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STEPHEN WESTERHOLM, D. Th., is Professor of Early Christianity in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Canada, where he has taught since 1984.

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Editorial Reviews

''This work is characterized by comprehensiveness and clarity of presentation.... The book is presented as an insightful work, one which will serve as a critical point of reference for further discussion.''

The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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