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Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities: Essays in Honor of Ed Parish Sanders
Udoh, Fabian, editor

Notre Dame, Ind.: Notre Dame University Press, 2008 pp. xxiv + 418. $60.00

Series Information
Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, 16


Description: For nearly four decades, E. P. Sanders has been the foremost scholar in shaping and refocusing scholarly debates in three different but related disciplines in New Testament studies: Second Temple Judaism, Jesus and the Gospels, and Pauline studies. This collection of essays by an impressive array of colleagues and former students presents original scholarship that extends--or departs from--the research of Sanders himself. Both apologists and dissenters find their place in this volume, as the authors actively debate Sanders's innovative positions on central issues in all three disciplines. The introductory group of essays includes a substantive intellectual autobiography by E. P. Sanders himself. The next three parts examine in turn the three areas in which Sanders made his important contributions. The essays in part 2 engage Sanders's notion of "common Judaism." Those in part 3 deal with issues that Sanders raised respecting the historical Jesus and the Gospels. And the essays in part 4 debate Sanders's contention that participation in Christ, rather than justification by faith, is the central theme of Paul's soteriology. The volume concludes with a bibliography of Sanders's works.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Early Church Origins

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Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 1/9/2010
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Fabian Udoh, ed., Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities: Essays in Honor of Ed Parish Sanders, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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