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Some Final Thoughts

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This chapter focuses on council texts on Christian judaizing and Christian relations with Judaism. Councils do still address the issue of Christian Jewish relations yet the issues seem to repeat themselves. Imperial legislation contained laws which protected, but eventually also limited, the functioning of Jews in the public sphere. Until the early fifth century, the terms 'religio' and 'superstitio' could both be applied to Judaism. That Roman law did not interfere with internal issues of specific religions is seen in our discussion on Jewish rites and feasts, with these the Roman authorities were not concerned. The significance of council texts as compared to the other sources studied (archeological, patristic, and Roman imperial legal sources) is that these concern the Christian faithful specifically, in their contacts with Jews.

Keywords: Christian; council; fifth century; Judaism; Roman law



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