Numenius of Apamea, the Father of Neo-Platonism; Works, Biography, Message, Sources, and Influence

Author: Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie

Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press

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Category: History

Page: 228

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Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

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Category: History

Page: 648

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New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.

Two Powers in Heaven

Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism

Author: Alan F. Segal

Publisher: BRILL

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Category: Religion

Page: 313

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In this study of the rabbinic heretics who believed in "Two Powers in Heaven," Alan Segal explores some relationships between rabbinic Judaism, Merkabah mysticism, and early Christianity. "Two Powers in Heaven" was a very early category of heresy. It was one of the basic categories by which the rabbis perceived the new phenomenon of Christianity and one of the central issues over which Judaism and Christianity separated. Segal reconstructs the development of the heresy through prudent dating of the stages of the rabbinic traditions. The basic heresy involved interpreting scripture to say that a principal angelic or hypostatic manifestation in heaven was equivalent to God. The earliest heretics believed in two complementary powers in heaven, while later heretics believed in two opposing powers in heaven. Segal stresses the importance of perceiving the relevance of rabbinic material for solving traditional problems of New Testament and gnostic scholarship, and at the same time maintains the necessity of reading those literatures for dating rabbinic material. Please note that "Two Powers in Heaven" was previously published by Brill in hardback, ISBN 90 04 05453 7 (no longer available).

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity

Volume 2: Separation and Polemic

Author: Stephen G. Wilson

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 197

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The second volume in this two-volume work studying the initial developments of anti-Judaism within the church examines the evolution of the Christian faith in its social context as revealed by evidence such as early patristic and rabbinic writings and archaeological findings.