In the Second-Temple period non-Jews were attracted to Judaism's communal life, religious observance and theological imagination. On the Jewish side, this was matched by the development of several discrete "patterns of universalism"-ways in which Jews were able to conceive of a positive place for Gentiles within their symbolic world. In this book Terence Donaldson collects and comments on all of the texts (to the end of the second Jewish rebellion in 135 CE) that deal with Gentile sympathizers, proselytes, ethical monotheists and participants in end-time redemption. In impressive detail, Donaldson identifies, defines, and describes these "patterns of universalism."
Terence L. Donaldson is the Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament Studies at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). He is author of two other books -- Jesus on the Mountain and Paul and the Gentiles -- and is one of the co-chairpersons of the "Religious Rivalries" Seminar.
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. Introduction Part I: Texts and Commentary 2. Scripture, Septuagint and Apocrypha 3. Pseudepigrapha 4. Qumran 5. Philo 6. Josephus 7. Greco-Roman Literature 8. Early Christian Literature 9. Inscriptions Part II: Patterns of Universalism 10. Sympathization 11. Conversion 12. Ethical Monotheism 13. Participation in Eschatological Salvation 14. Conclusion Bibliography Indices