Verus Israel: Study of the Relations Between Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire, AD 135-425 by Marcel SimonVerus Israel: Study of the Relations Between Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire, AD 135-425 by Marcel Simon

Verus Israel: Study of the Relations Between Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire, AD 135-425

byMarcel Simon

Paperback | September 15, 1996

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Marcel Simon's classic study examines Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire from the second Jewish War (132-5 CE) to the end of the Jewish Patriarchate in 425 CE. First published in French in 1948, the book overturns the then commonly held view that the Jewish and Christiancommunities gradually ceased to interact and that the Jews gave up proselytizing among the gentiles. On the contrary, Simon maintains that Judaism continued to make its influence felt on the world at large and to be influenced by it in turn. He analyses both the antagonisms and the attractionsbetween the two faiths, and concludes with a discussion of the eventual disappearance of Judaism as a missionary religion. The rival community triumphed with the help of a Christian imperial authority and a doctrine well adapted to the Graeco-Roman mentality.
Marcel Simon was a French specialist in the history of religions, particularly relations between Christianity and Judaism in antiquity. Simon received an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University in 1980.
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Title:Verus Israel: Study of the Relations Between Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire, AD 135-425Format:PaperbackDimensions:554 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:September 15, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1874774277

ISBN - 13:9781874774273

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"A masterly survey ... indispensable for anyone working in the field." --Judith Lieu, Journal of Religious History