Thomas A. Robinson. Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish-Christian Relations

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Product Description<br /><br />How did the early Christian movement, which began among Jewish people and in close association with the Jewish temple and synagogues of the first century, develop into a predominantly Gentile movement by the end of the first century? Was this “parting of the ways” spurred by internal tensions within the Christian church, socio-political factors in the Roman city of Antioch, or growing hostility from the larger Jewish community? In Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways, Thomas A. Robinson addresses this intriguing historical question by taking a careful look at the writings of one of the few Christian writers who wrote about this parting firsthand—Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch, who was martyred in the early years of the second century. Through a careful examination of the historical and sociological setting of first-century Antioch, Robinson sifts the testimony of this church father on issues such as the nature of Christian conversion at Antioch, the sources of Jewish-Christian tensions in that city and in the broader Roman world, and the development of the terms “Christian” and “Christianity.” Assessing a number of current theories about the nature of the Jewish-Christian parting, Robinson stresses the importance of hearing the voice of Ignatius himself on these questions. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the early days of Christianity and in Jewish-Christian relations.<br /><br />“A vigorous, impressively researched and incisive study of Ignatius, firmly rooting him in historical context. Robinson challenges effectively some fashionable ideas about Ignatius and early Christianity, e.g., multiple "Christianities" and "Judaisms," and the supposedly late differentiation of Christianity from its Jewish matrix. This is an important work whose arguments must be reckoned with hereafter.”<br />—Larry Hurtado, Head of the School of Divinity and Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, New College, University of Edinburgh.<br /><br />“Thomas Robinson succeeds in introducing readers to the multiple issues involved in interpreting Ignatius' comments about Judaism with an accessible style alongside evident mastery of a wide range of recent discussion. Its detailed analysis of the social and historical setting of Jews and Christians in Antioch is a model of what is needed in exploring particular situations and writings, and will ensure that the book becomes a standard contribution to the 'the Parting of the Ways debate' as well as to the study of Ignatius himself.”<br />—Judith Lieu, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge




Vuong, L. (2011). Thomas A. Robinson. Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish-Christian Relations. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 5(1).

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