Building on the Ruins of the Temple
TŁbigen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016 pp. xiv + 266. 119,00 Ä
Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 165
Description: In the immediate centuries after the Romansí destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 CE, Jews and Christians offered contrasting religious explanations for the razing of the locus of Godís presence on earth. Adam Gregerman analyzes the views found in three early Christian texts (Justinís Dialogue with Trypho, Origenís Contra Celsum, and Eusebiusí Proof of the Gospel) and one rabbinic text (the Midrash on Lamentations), all of which emerged in the same place Ė the land of Israel Ė and around the same time -the first few centuries after 70. The author explores the ways they interpret the destruction in order to prove (in the case of Christians), or make it impossible to disprove (in the case of the Jews) that their community is the people of God. He demonstrates the apologetic and polemical functions of selected explanations, for claims to the covenant made by one community excluded those made by the other.
Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity
Review by Daniel M. Gurtner
Citation: Daniel M. Gurtner, review of Adam Gregerman, Building on the Ruins of the Temple, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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