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The Origin of Heresy: A History of Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

Robert Royalty

The Origin of Heresy: A History of Discourse in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity

Robert Royalty

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Heresy is a central concept in the formation of Orthodox Christianity. Where does this notion come from? This book traces the construction of the idea of 'heresy' in the rhetoric of ideological disagreements in Second Temple Jewish and early Christian texts and in the development of the polemical rhetoric against 'heretics,' called heresiology. Here, author Robert Royalty argues, one finds the origin of what comes to be labelled 'heresy' in the second century. In other words, there was such as thing as 'heresy' in ancient Jewish and Christian discourse before it was called 'heresy.' And by the end of the first century, the notion of heresy was integral to the political positioning of the early orthodox Christian party within the Roman Empire and the range of other Christian communities.

This book is an original contribution to the field of Early Christian studies. Recent treatments of the origins of heresy and Christian identity have focused on the second century rather than on the earlier texts including the New Testament. The book further makes a methodological contribution by blurring the line between New Testament Studies and Early Christian studies, employing ideological and post-colonial critical methods.



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Heresy is a central concept in the formation of Orthodox Christianity. Where does this notion come from? This book traces the construction of the idea of 'heresy' in the rhetoric of ideological disagreements in Second Temple Jewish and early Christian texts and in the development of the polemical rhetoric against 'heretics,' called heresiology. Here, author Robert Royalty argues, one finds the origin of what comes to be labelled 'heresy' in the second century. In other words, there was such as thing as 'heresy' in ancient Jewish and Christian discourse before it was called 'heresy.' And by the end of the first century, the notion of heresy was integral to the political positioning of the early orthodox Christian party within the Roman Empire and the range of other Christian communities.

This book is an original contribution to the field of Early Christian studies. Recent treatments of the origins of heresy and Christian identity have focused on the second century rather than on the earlier texts including the New Testament. The book further makes a methodological contribution by blurring the line between New Testament Studies and Early Christian studies, employing ideological and post-colonial critical methods.


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Table Of Contents

  • Part I: Genealogy Of A Discourse 1. The Origin Of Heresy 2. The Rhetoric Of Difference In Israel 3. Reform And Revolution In The Roman Empire: John The Baptist And The Disciples Of Jesus 4. Paul And The Rhetoric Of Difference 5. The Christian Gospels As Narratives Of Exclusion Part Ii: The Politics Of Heresy 6. Policing The Boundaries: The Politics Of Heresiology 7. The Politics Of Orthodoxy 8. Conclusions Notes Bibliography Index

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  • Catalogue Code 485156
  • Product Code 9780415536943
  • ISBN 0415536944
  • EAN 9780415536943
  • Pages 246
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Routledge
  • Publication Date Aug 2012
  • Sales Rank #47763
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight 0.453kg

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