Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Early Christianity 978-3-16-156708-7 - Mohr Siebeck
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Law and Lawlessness in Early Judaism and Early Christianity

Ed. by David Lincicum, Ruth Sheridan, and Charles M. Stang

[Gesetz und Gesetzlosigkeit im frühen Judentum und frühen Christentum.]

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The essays in this volume aim to bring to the fore the legalistic  and  antinomian dimensions in both early Judaism and early Christianity, with contributions that examine the formative centuries of these two great religions and their legal traditions.
According to a persistent popular stereotype, early Judaism is seen as a »legalistic« religious tradition, in contrast to early Christianity, which seeks to obviate and so to supersede, annul, or abrogate Jewish law. Although scholars have known better since the surge of interest in the question of the law in post-Holocaust academic circles, the complex stances of both early Judaism and early Christianity toward questions of law observance have resisted easy resolution or sweeping generalizations. The essays in this volume aim to bring to the fore the legalistic  and  antinomian dimensions in both traditions, with a variety of contributions that examine the formative centuries of these two great religions and their legal traditions. They explore how law and lawlessness are in tension throughout this early, formative period, and not finally resolved in one direction or the other.
Survey of contents
Lutz Doering: Law and Lawlessness in Texts from Qumran – Grant Macaskill: Law and Lawlessness in the Enoch Literature – Joshua Garroway: Paul: Within Judaism, Without Law – Paula Fredriksen: Origen and Augustine on Paul and the Law – David Moffitt: Weak and Useless? Purity, the Mosaic Law, and Perfection in Hebrews – David Lincicum: Against the Law: Early Christian Law Criticism and the Epistle of BarnabasMichal Bar-Asher Segal: Law Corpora Compared: Early Collections of Monastic Rules and Rabbinic Literature – Paul Bradshaw: The Ancient Church Orders: Early Ecclesiastical Law? – Steven Fraade: Rabbis on Gentile Lawlessness: Three Midrashic Moments – Christopher Rowland: »By an immediate revelation…by the voice of his own spirit to my soul«: A Perspective from Reception History on the New Testament and Antinomianism – Michael Peppard: Law and Liberty: Circumcision Discourse from Galatia to Germany
Authors/Editors

David Lincicum Born 1979; since 2015 Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

Ruth Sheridan Born 1980; since 2018 Senior Research Fellow at the Translational Health Research Institute and adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Religion and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Charles M. Stang Since 2012 Professor of Early Christian Thought and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: The Bible Today — November 2019, S. 399–400 (Donald Senior)
In: http://www.religion-weltanschauung-recht.de — https://religion-weltanschauung-recht.net/2019/05/01/ (Georg Neureither)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 145 (2020), S. 74–75 (Michael Tilly)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 43 (2020), S. 536 (C.T.B.)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 64 (2020), p. 169