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Divorce Halakhah In Paul And The Jesus Tradition

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The survey of research on halakhah in the New Testament offered earlier in the present volume concluded that halakhic study is more generally thought applicable to the Jesus tradition than to Paul's letters. If halakhic study is more obvious with respect to the Jesus tradition, the problem is that halakhic issues are entangled with the complicated development of the synoptic tradition and consequently with the evolvement of the early Christian movement in its relationship with Judaism. The way to tackle this head-on would be to produce a reliable reconstruction of the development of the pertinent halakhah in the framework of first century Jewish and Christian history. Divorce law did not become a conflict area between Jews and Christians. In this exceptional domain, even gentile Christians from the start took a much stricter stance than most Jews and in fact rejected divorce altogether.

Keywords: Christian; divorce; halakhah; Jesus; Jews



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