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Rethinking the Judaism-Hellenism Dichotomy
A Historiographical Case Study of Second Peter and Jude

By Anders Gerdmar
July 2001
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01915-4
382 pages, illustrated
$68.50 paper original

Since the beginning of modern New Testament exegesis, the Judaism-Hellenism dichotomy has been influential as a heuristic tool. However, the concept of Hellenism is ambiguous and its historiographical foundation needs rethinking, having been formed out of Hegelian idealism with a Christian bias. Current histiography urges reconsideration of Hellenism, Hellenisation and Hellenistic Judaism. Contents include: Syntax, Vocabulary, and Style. Semitic linguistic influence in 2Peter and Jude. Literary form. The use of sacred texts as an ideological marker. Cosmology and eschatology as ideological markers. Ethos, soteriology, and anthropology as ideological markers.

Theology; Religion
Coniectanea Biblica, New Testament Series, No. 36