Reflections for 12/4: A Christianity Farther from Judaism

1. The two models of the “Parting” are the old model which said that promptly around the time of the New Testament the was a clear and sharp distinction between Judaism and Christianity and the new model which suggests a variety of different partial breaking points which separated the groups farther and farther apart culminating in the 4th century.  The “New Perspective” sees Paul and other New Testament authors as still very closely tied to “mainstream Judaism.”  The idea of a series of breaks is related to this idea but it may be more useful because it avoids a temptation to overemphasize similarities by recognizing that some minor breaks had already happened.  When following Jesus is a type of Judaism I think a lot more emphasis would be placed upon him as Messiah and as a Jewish hero.  Christians see him as a universal savior but these Jews would understand him in terms of their own culture.

2. The two models of the “Parting” are the old model which said that promptly around the time of the New Testament the was a clear and sharp distinction between Judaism and Christianity and the new model which suggests a variety of different partial breaking points which separated the groups farther and farther apart culminating in the 4th century.  The “New Perspective” sees Paul and other New Testament authors as still very closely tied to “mainstream Judaism.”  The idea of a series of breaks is related to this idea but it may be more useful because it avoids a temptation to overemphasize similarities by recognizing that some minor breaks had already happened.  When following Jesus is a type of Judaism I think a lot more emphasis would be placed upon him as Messiah and as a Jewish hero.  Christians see him as a universal savior but these Jews would understand him in terms of their own culture.

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One thought on “Reflections for 12/4: A Christianity Farther from Judaism

  1. Awesome explanation, JP! I really like the ideas you articulated. I hadn’t picked up before on the idea that there were many small breaks along the way, but that does make sense. What do you think were some of the first breaks, and do you think they occurred as early as the late New Testament period?

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