Not God’s People
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Not God’s People

Insiders and Outsiders in the Biblical World
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ISBN-13:
9781461640387
Seiten:
268
Autor:
Lawrence M. Wills
Serie:
1, Religion in the Modern World
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Using an array of biblical texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament,
Not God's People explores how ancient Jews and Christians created their own identity in relation to others. The book analyzes how biblical texts define 'us' and 'them,' how these texts differ in the way they define group identity, and how this process continues to be re-created by Jews and Christians today.
In the Bible, there is a drama of defining who are truly God's people—and who are not. Using an array of biblical texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Not God's People explores how ancient Jews and Christians created their own identity in relation to others. The book analyzes how biblical texts define 'us' and 'them,' how these texts differ in the way they define group identity, and how this process continues to be re-created by Jews and Christians today.




Not God's People asks questions such as: How is the outsider defined? Is the ideal insider defined as the opposite of the outsider? It follows up with related questions such as: How were these definitions of 'we' and 'other' in the ancient communities used by later Jews and Christians? Are the processes of community and enemy formation found in the Bible exhibited in most other cultures as well?
Not God's People ultimately shows that though the Bible's definitions of the insider and outsider changes dramatically over time, the process are enduring, and eternally true.
Chapter 1 Preface

Chapter 2 Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter 3 Chapter Two: The Beginning of Difference and the Origin of Others in the Hebrew Bible

Chapter 4 Chapter Three: The Redefinition of We and Other in Ezra-Nehemiah

Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Judaism and Hellenism in 1 and 2 Maccabees

Chapter 6 Chapter Five: "Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites!" in the Gospel of Matthew

Chapter 7 Chapter Six: The Jews in the Gospel of John

Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: Jew and Gentile as Other in Paul

Chapter 9 Chapter Eight: The Other in the Acts of the Apostles

Chapter 10 Chapter Nine: Conclusion

Chapter 11 Appendix: Theorems for the Analysis of the Other