“No Distinction Between Jew and Greek”

David M. Freidenreich

in Foreigners and Their Food

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520253216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950276 | DOI:
“No Distinction Between Jew and Greek”

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Many Jewish members of the Christ-believing community, like their ancestors, regarded food restrictions in general and foreign food restrictions in particular as an important means both of marking the otherness of gentiles and of effecting a separation from them. For that reason, New Testament passages addressing these restrictions provide important insights into the ultimately successful efforts of those who sought to redefine this community and its boundaries. These passages address two separate issues, which are examined in this chapter: the dietary laws incumbent upon gentile as well as Jewish Christ-believers, and the norms governing commensality with fellow Christ-believers.

Keywords: New Testament; food restrictions; foreign food; Christ; Jews; gentiles; dietary laws

Chapter.  6846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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