Orthodoxy in Judaism of the First Christian Century

Orthodoxy in Judaism of the First Christian Century ORTHODOXY IN JUDAISM OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CENTURY REPLIES TO DAVID E. AUNE AND LESTER L. GRABBE BY NEIL J. McELENEY, C.S.P. Saint Paul's College, Washington D.C., U.S.A. 1. David E. Aune D. E. AUNE has taken issue in this journall) with an article of mine which appeared here earlier 2). In that article, I argued that in the moment when Christianity began there existed in Judaism an orthodoxy which required belief in, and acceptance of (1) Yahweh, the God of Israel, (2) the special status of the Chosen People, and (3) the Mosaic Law. Eisegetic- ally, AUNE writes, "In pressing his thesis of the dominance and centrality of a theological orthodoxy supposedly characteristic of first century Judaism, Rev. McELENEY has asked us to believe too many impossible things before breakfast" 3). I had also said, when speaking of the first Christian century, "Unfortunately, no one voice spoke for the religion of Judaism in this period" 4). AUNE responds to this by saying, "Unfortu- nate for whom? Unfortunate only for McELENEY and others who would attempt to project their own highly structured, centralized and theolo- gico-philosophically defined religious beliefs and categories into historical and religious contexts where they http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of Judaism Brill

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BRILL
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© 1978 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0047-2212
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1570-0631
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10.1163/157006378X00058
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Abstract

ORTHODOXY IN JUDAISM OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CENTURY REPLIES TO DAVID E. AUNE AND LESTER L. GRABBE BY NEIL J. McELENEY, C.S.P. Saint Paul's College, Washington D.C., U.S.A. 1. David E. Aune D. E. AUNE has taken issue in this journall) with an article of mine which appeared here earlier 2). In that article, I argued that in the moment when Christianity began there existed in Judaism an orthodoxy which required belief in, and acceptance of (1) Yahweh, the God of Israel, (2) the special status of the Chosen People, and (3) the Mosaic Law. Eisegetic- ally, AUNE writes, "In pressing his thesis of the dominance and centrality of a theological orthodoxy supposedly characteristic of first century Judaism, Rev. McELENEY has asked us to believe too many impossible things before breakfast" 3). I had also said, when speaking of the first Christian century, "Unfortunately, no one voice spoke for the religion of Judaism in this period" 4). AUNE responds to this by saying, "Unfortu- nate for whom? Unfortunate only for McELENEY and others who would attempt to project their own highly structured, centralized and theolo- gico-philosophically defined religious beliefs and categories into historical and religious contexts where they

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Journal for the Study of JudaismBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1978

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