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The Weighing Of The Parts: Pivots And Pitfalls In The Study Of Early Judaisms And Their Early Christian Off Spring

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In the study of early Christianity, we often hear references to the "Parting of the Ways" as the process or result of Christianity declaring itself independent of its Jewish origins, and of Judaism reciprocally rejecting Christianity. The presence of "Jewish" groups and/or perspectives labeled Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, and more, comes straight from the ancient sources. Modern supplementation, by attempting to give actual social reality to ancient Jews with apocalyptic, wisdom, Enochic, hellenistic, or other foci, simply increases the possible "parts" one need to deal with. On the Christian side of the ledger, our ancient reporters mention especially "docetics" and "gnostics" of various stripes, and more vaguely "Judaizers " as well as "chiliasts" and the like. The naming process is relatively easy. Weighing the parts in relation to each other and to the respective surrounding worlds is quite another matter.

Keywords: early Christianity; rabbinic Judaism



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