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Bibil Identifier bibil:249966
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Monarchianism and Two Powers: Jewish and Christian Monotheism at the Beginning of the Third Century
Author Waers, Stephen
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 70, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 401-429 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines claims made by Alan Segal and Daniel Boyarin that the Monarchian controversy and rabbinic polemics against “powers in heaven” were connected. The arguments of Segal and Boyarin are more suggestive than concrete. In order to assess these claims, I undertake a close reading of the earliest layer of texts from the Monarchian controversy and rabbinic polemic against “powers in heaven.” After highlighting the salient features from the Monarchian controversy, I examine key Tannaitic “powers in heaven” texts. Ultimately, I contend that there is no evidence that the Monarchians had any contact with the early rabbinic sages and that the similarities Boyarin and Segal recognized are only superficial.
DOI 10.1163/15700720-12341274
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Third Century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Relationship with Other Religious or Philosophical Movements : Christianity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Monotheism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Hippolytus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Tertullian
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : God
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