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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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Text and Identity

Text and Identity

(p.27) 2 Text and Identity
Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

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The literary productivity of early Christianity invites the model of textual communities. This productivity includes the appropriation of the Jewish Scriptures and other writings and the claim to their correct interpretation, as well as the creation of a range of new writings reflecting both continuities and discontinuities with contemporary conventions. The selection of particular texts as authoritative is part of a process of self-definition, which excludes other claimants. Approached independently of such processes allows the diversity of texts to challenge rigid categories of Christianity versus Judaism or of orthodoxy versus heresy.

Keywords:   Canon, Christian communities, Christian literature, Crypto-Christian texts, exegesis, Jewish Scriptures, literacy, New Testament, Pseudepigraphy, textual communities

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