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This chapter talks about the study that lies with the contents of the tradition transmitted to Justin. The author tries to determine the extent of this traditional material, and further to grasp its theological profile and provenance, as far as possible. By doing this, two complementary aims are achieved: One learns something about the history of exegesis prior to Justin and thus, indirectly, more about Justin himself. W. A. Shotwell, The Biblical Exegesis of Justin Martyr (London, 1965), is mainly concerned with Justin's exegetical procedure. On the question of exegetical tradition Shotwell is satisfied to point out precedents to specific exegetical arguments in earlier Christian writers and in Jewish exegesis. The study makes a partial and indirect contribution to the very complex problems related to the Hellenization and/or, Judaization of early Christianity.

Keywords: hellenization; Jewish exegesis; judaization of early Christianity; Justin; W. A. Shotwell



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