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Rebecca’s Children

Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674750760

Publication Date: 03/15/1989

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224 pages


Segal’s work reveals a broad command of the sources and the multidisciplinary outlook requisite for modern reconstructions. He has raised issues that will excite discussion and respectfully challenge many a traditional approach.American Historical Review

Provocative… [Segal crafts] valuable discussions of the relation between the religious and the political dimensions of Jesus’ teaching, the nature of messianism and apocalypticism, and the functions of myth and mythic language in the creation and maintenance of religious communities.Journal of Religion

The book is enlivened by modern analogies and firmly rooted in social-scientific analysis… A delightful read.Studies in Religion

Alan Segal brings a new perspective to the early histories of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism by showing how they are responses to the same social situation. The book is sociologically significant, sensitive, historically illuminating, and eminently teachable.—Robert M. Bellah, University of California, Berkeley

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