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Subject/Keyword
Centrist
Ethnicity
Identity
Anti-Judaism
Israel
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kok, Michael
Supervisor and department
Braun, Willi (Religious Studies)
Examining committee member and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Anthropology)
Brown, Sylvia (English and Film Studies)
Braun, Willi (Religious Studies)
Landy, Francis (Religious Studies)
Department
Religious Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-12-02T22:03:14Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
There was no abstract conception of religion in antiquity, but religious beliefs and praxis were closely intertwined with ethnicity in the Greco-Roman period. Building on the groundbreaking studies by Denise Kimber Buell, this thesis investigates the use of ethnic reasoning in centrist Christian identity formation in the second century CE. Specifically, I closely examine four different Christian texts (1 Peter, the Epistle of Barnabas, Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho the Judaean and the Epistle to Diognetus) to show how the centrist Christian elites utilized ethnic reasoning to construct a distinct Christian ethnic identity and to manufacture sharp differences between Christians and Judaeans. In order to defend the idea of a homogenous Christian ethnic identity with pure origins,centrist Christian intellectuals re-appropriated the legacy of Israel and represented the Judaeans as an adversarial foil. This rhetorical strategy of “othering” characterizes the Christian Adversus Ioudaios literature.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3ZD7B
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License granted by Michael Kok (mike_kok@hotmail.com) on 2009-11-19T02:13:48Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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