n HTS : Theological Studies - Jesus and identity : reconstructing Judean ethnicity in Q (Matrix : The Bible in Mediterranean context, 2), M. Cromhout : book review

Volume 64, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



This book, the revised version of a doctoral dissertation supervised by A van Aarde and submitted to the University of Pretoria in 2006, proposes to study the complex and crucial issue of understanding how early Christianity (or "Messianism" as the author prefers to call it) saw itself within its original "Jewish" (Cromhout : "Judean") context, how this perception functioned, and how it eventually may have influenced its emancipation from its roots to adopt (an)other identity / -ies. For this is above all a book about identity, how it is created, and how religion and ethnicity have interplayed in the particular situation of earliest Judaeo-Christianity.

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