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Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World$
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Judith Lieu

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199262896.001.0001

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Made Not Born: Conclusions

Made Not Born: Conclusions

(p.298) 10 Made Not Born: Conclusions
Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

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Both continuities and discontinuities mark the strong thrust towards the creation of identity in early Christian writings, although we may not always be able to move directly from these to actual social experience. This, and distinguishing between individuals and conceptualized systems, complicates any simple model of the origins and character of early Christianity, or of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, Jews and Christians. Yet, two themes emerge if it is possible to speak about a continuity of Christian identity: the ability to tell a story, although stories will always compete, and the creation of ‘the other’, which in the modern world may demand a respect for diversity and for their integrity.

Keywords:   Christianity, doctrine, Judaism, narrative theology, origins, parting of the ways, religious vs ethnic

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