Attraction and Danger of Alien Religion: Studies in Early by Karl-Gustav Sandelin

By Karl-Gustav Sandelin

Early Judaism and early Christianity emerged through the Hellenistic and early Roman imperial period. They have been, certainly, faced with the Hellenistic and the Roman faith. The query as a result arose to whether Jews or Christians have been loose to take part in spiritual actions alien to the non secular historical past in their personal. In his articles, Karl-Gustav Sandelin provides documentary fabric displaying that this challenge was once a burning factor inside of Judaism from the start of the Hellenistic interval till the top of the 1st century C.E. numerous Jewish contributors switched over to the Hellenistic or the Roman faith. Such habit was once additionally mentioned and usually condemned, for instance by way of the Books of Maccabees and authors comparable to Philo of Alexandria and Flavius Josephus. an analogous challenge is to be present in the hot testomony, significantly within the letters of Paul, in particular within the first letter to the Corinthians and within the Revelation of John.

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