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The Christian Race

Judith Lieu

in Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780199262892
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199262896.003.0008
The Christian Race

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The use of and claims to labels such as Jews, Israelis, and Hebrew carry different resonances and potential in Jewish and Graeco-Roman sources, which are furthered in early Christian writings. The Jewish development of a language and of strategies of ethnic identity is adopted by some early Christian writings. In others, the emergence of a distinctive terminology, ‘Christian’ and ‘Christianity’, is focal, although others found this hazardous and avoided it. The use of labels both to separate and claim authenticity for oneself as well as to denigrate others is common throughout.

Keywords: Christian; Christianity; citizenship; ethnicity; Hebrew; Israel; Jew; Judaism; labelling; race

Chapter.  12108 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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