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Fallacies in Scholarly Consensus

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The problems that many scholars have noticed in the traditional picture of the rabbinic movement should be taken more seriously in the reconstruction of the situation of Johannine community. Leaning on recent studies of the emergence and nature of rabbinic Judaism, he calls into the question the idea that the Fourth Gospel reflects a conflict between the community and the emerging rabbinic Judaism. The author thinks that scholars may have been unwilling to accept the views on the marginal role of early rabbis partly because the movement has been a convenient foil to the development of early Christianity. It is necessary to describe early rabbis as powerful so that the separation of early Christians from Judaism could be ascribed to their policy. Thus, the alleged anti-Judaism in New Testament writings can also be understood as a response to the steps taken by rabbis.

Keywords: anti-Judaism; early Christianity; early rabbis; Johannine community; rabbinic Judaism; rabbinic movement; scholars

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