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Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE)
Donaldson, Terence L.

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007 pp. xi + 563. $69.95



Description: In the Second-Temple period non-Jews were attracted to Judaism's communal life, religious observance and theological imagination. On the Jewish side, this was matched by the development of several discrete patterns of universalism ways in which Jews were able to conceive of a positive place for Gentiles within their symbolic world. In this book Terence Donaldson collects and comments on all of the texts (to the end of the second Jewish rebellion in 135 CE) that deal with Gentile sympathizers, proselytes, ethical monotheists and participants in end-time redemption. In impressive detail, Donaldson identifies, defines, and describes these "patterns of universalism."

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 3/7/2010
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Terence L. Donaldson, Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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