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Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the “Parting of the Ways”
Smith, Eric C.

London: Routledge, 2018 pp. xi + 168. $145.00

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Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World


Description: In recent years scholars have reevaluated the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity, reaching new understandings of the ways shared origins gave way to two distinct and sometimes inimical religious traditions. But this has been a profoundly textual task, relying on the writings of rabbis, bishops, and other text-producing elites to map the terrain of the "parting." This book takes up the question of the divergence of Judaism and Christianity in terms of material--the stuff made, used, and left behind by the persons that lived in and between these religions as they were developing. Considering the glass, clay, stone, paint, vellum, and papyrus of ancient Jews and Christians, this book maps the "parting" in new ways, and argues for a greater role for material and materialism in our reconstructions of the past.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity, Other Methods

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Review by Benjamin D. Gordon
Published 10/18/2018
Citation: Benjamin D. Gordon, review of Eric C. Smith, Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the “Parting of the Ways”, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by Adele Reinhartz
Published 11/7/2019
Citation: Adele Reinhartz, review of Eric C. Smith, Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the “Parting of the Ways”, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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