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Bibil Identifier bibil:216042
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Theological Identity Making: Justin's Use of Circumcision to Create Jews and Christians
Author Livesey, Nina E.
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 18, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 51-79 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay contributes to the current scholarly view that in his Dialogue with Trypho, Justin is centrally concerned with the creation of distinct Christians and Jews. By using treatments of circumcision as a test case and engaging Justin's Dialogue rhetorically and stylistically-by commenting upon not only the structure of his arguments including aspects pertaining to sound such as breath-measures, but also upon his choice of words and biblical references-it documents the distinction-making process and provides supporting material often lacking in the scholarship on Justin. Justin creates Christians and Jews by forcing differences between them, differences that would not and do not exist in the socio-historical sphere. While circumcision provides a literal or physical, though unseen, difference between the two groups, Justin's primary interest is in making distinctions that hold sway in the theoretical and theological realm.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Justin (Martyr)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Circumcision
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Identity
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