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Bibil Identifier bibil:238126
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Giving up the Godfearers
Author Kraemer, Ross S.
Journal Journal of Ancient Judaism (Volume: 5, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 61-87 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The category of Godfearers, or Gentiles who took on Judean (and later Jewish) practices without formally converting to Judaism, is based upon suspect evidence and problematic assumptions. Close attention to literary and epigraphical evidence for so-called Godfearers (including inscriptional references to theosebes and metuens or metuentes [deum]) demonstrates that these expressions do not reflect a single, static meaning across historical periods. Nor does the Gentile practice of engaging in Jewish religious observance reflect a unique religious dynamic. Rather it should be understood in the larger context of Roman-period ritual practice.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : God Fearer
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