Judaic and Christian Visions of the Social Order: Describing, Analyzing and Comparing Systems of the Formative Age (Jacob Neusner Series: Religion/Soc

Judaic and Christian Visions of the Social Order: Describing, Analyzing and Comparing Systems of the Formative Age (Jacob Neusner Series: Religion/Soc

By: Bruce D. Chilton (editor), Alan J. Avery (editor), Jacob Neusner (editor)Paperback

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Free-standing ideas form systems when random facts coalescing in a set of abstract propositions can be shown logically to cohere. We know that that is so when ideas intersect and can be shown to accommodate new problems and generate answers to fresh questions. The system exhibits its cogency by fixing upon one thing and saying it in many ways. That emerges when the evidence of a particular conception of the social order turns out to concern itself with a generative question and to recapitulate an answer that is repeated many times over. In that way the writings that in theory form a system of the social order signal their logic by what they deem self-evident. The essays address writings of formative Judaism in the time of the Mishnah and the Talmud, the first six centuries of the Common Era, and formative Christianity in the first six centuries of the Common Era. They take up a common program of categories and consequent convictions: where Judaism and Christianity intersected. This seeks not just random points of agreement but fundamental structural congruence: the confluence of systems. That inquiry concerns shared organizing categories of religion and ethics of the two faiths. What concerns us is how Scriptures held in common produced a single construction of history and a common view of culture and society.

About Author

Jacob Neusner is distinguished service professor of the history and theology of Judaism and senior fellow with the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He holds nine honorary degrees and fourteen academic medals, along with other awards. He has published more than a thousand books. Bruce D. Chilton is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard College, executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, and rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist. His books include: Rabbi Jesus, Rabbi Paul, Mary Magdalene, Abraham's Curse, The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, The Way of Jesus, and The Targums (with Paul Flesher). Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Specializing in Jewish history and religion in the first six centuries C.E., his work includes The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity: Pagan, Judaic, Christian (co-edited with Jacob Neusner).


Preface Chapter 1. Foreword: How Does Religion Imagine Society? Ancient Israel Chapter 2. From the Repertoire of the Hebrew Bible: Visions of the Social Order Judaism Chapter 3. Enoch's Vague Visions of a Future Social Order; Foils to its Vivid Portrayals of the Present Chaos Chapter 4. Visions of the Social Order: The Qumran Library Chapter 5. Through Greek Eyes: Jewish "Theocracy" and "State of the Wise" Chapter 6. Philo's Constructs of Social Order Chapter 7. The Mishnah and Concepts of the Social Order Chapter 8. The Social Vision of Rabbinic Judaism Chapter 9. Torah and Culture: H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture after Fifty Years: A Judaic Response Chapter 10. Six People You Meet in the Synagogue: Visions of Social Order in Early Rabbinic Prayer Christianity Chapter 11. The Kingdom of God Chapter 12. Paul's Theory of the Social Order Chapter 13. Early Christian Martyrdom, Scripture, and Social Order Chapter 14. Irenaeus of Lyons (130-200) Re-Imagining the Cosmos from the Perspective of the Oppressed Chapter15. Origen's Social Vision of Christian Life Chapter 16. Eusebius's (and Constantine's) Theory of the Political Order Chapter 17. Augustine of Hippo (354-430): Architect of Western Christianity's Political Theology Conclusinos Chapter Conclusions, Observations, and Limitations: Reflections on the Visions of the Social Order Collaborative Project

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  • ISBN13: 9780761856351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 388
  • ID: 9780761856351
  • weight: 585
  • ISBN10: 0761856358

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