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Brothers EstrangedHeresy, Christianity and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity$
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Adiel Schremer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.001.0001

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3 Laws of Minim

3 Laws of Minim

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(p.69) 3 Laws of Minim
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Brothers Estranged
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Adiel Schremer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383775.003.0004

This chapter analyses a block of halakhic rulings in the second chapter of Tractate Hullin in the Tosefta, which is devoted to minim. The chapter is devoted to a close examination of these rulings and their rhetoric, and it argues that their function is to practically preclude social relations with minim, as thus to exclude them from the community. The question concerning the identity of the minim, against which these rulings were directed, is then raised, and the possibility that by the appellation “minim” classical rabbinic texts refer to Christians is closely examined, and rejected. Minim, in Tannaitic literature, are not specifically Christians.

Keywords:   minim, Laws of minim, Tosefta Hullin, early Christians, rhetoric, social relations, exclusion

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