Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics & Polemics in Early Christianity & Rabbinic Judaism

Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism No. 165

By: Adam Gregman
October 2016
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161543227
266 Pages
$169.50 Hardcover


In the centuries immediately after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Romans in 70 AD, Jews and Christians had different explanations for the complete destruction of God's place on earth. Adam Gregerman examined the views which he in three early Christian texts (Justinus'Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon , Origen ' Contra Celsum and Eusebius' testimony of the Gospel (the) and a rabbinical text Midrash Lamentations place); All the texts were written in the same place (Israel) and around the same time (the first centuries after 70). The author examines the way in which the texts interpret the destruction in order to prove (in the case of the Christians) or, in the case of the Jews, to make it impossible to prove that their church is the people of God. He illustrates the apologetic and polemic functions of individual declarations and shows that the claims of the one congregation on the covenant exclude those of the other congregation.