Second Temple Judaism exerted a profound and shaping influence upon early Christianity. TheJewish Roots of Christological Monotheism documents this influence by exploring thewaysin whichthe Christian praxisofChrist-devotion in the first two centuries of the Common Era can be understood as a manifestation of Jewish monotheism. The volumeapproaches this phenomenonalongfour distinctivelines of inquiry: (1)reexamining (and problematizing) the theological force of monotheismduring the Second Temple period; (2)retracing the historical steps of Christianity's adaptation, mutation, and/or redefinition of Jewish monotheism; (3)exploring and debating the influence of non-Jewish traditions on this process; and (4)mappinghowChristianity's unique appropriation of Jewish monotheism helps explain the intriguing relationships among emerging Christian, Jewish,andgnosticcommunities. Eighteen chapters, each from an expert in the study ofearlyJudaism and Christianity, comprise the volume.The chapters collectively demonstratehow the creationofnew mythic narratives, the revelatory power of mystical experiences, and the sociology of community formation capitalized on Jewish mediator traditionsto initiate thepraxis of Christ-devotion.
Carey C. Newman is Director of Baylor University Press and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Baylor University. James R. Davila (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Early Jewish Studies at St Mary's College in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Gladys S. Lewis (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is retired Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Central Oklahoma.