Attraction & Danger of Alien Religion
Studies in Early Judaism & Christianity
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament No. 290
By Karl-Gustav Sandelin
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The early Judaism and early Christianity emerged during the Hellenistic period and the early era of the Roman Empire. Of course, they were confronted with the religions of Greece and Rome. Accordingly, the question arose whether it was Jews or Christians allowed to participate in rituals that did not meet their own religious background. His studies presented Karl-Gustav Sandelin material, which shows that this issue from the beginning of the Hellenistic period to the end the first century AD, represented an urgent problem of Judaism. Many Jews went over to Greek and Roman religions. Such behavior was also an issue in the literature, and was generally condemned, for example in the books of the Maccabees, and authors such as Philo of Alexandria and Josephus. A similar problem occurs in the New Testament, especially in Paul's letters, especially in the first letter to the Corinthians, and in the Book of Revelation.
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