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Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children is a collection of essays written as a tribute to the lasting scholarship and friendship of Larry Hurtado and Alan Segal, who have contributed significantly to the contemporary understanding of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. Their colleagues and friends examine a wide range of focuses of Hurtado and Segal’s research, including Christology, community, Jewish-Christian relations, soteriology, and the development of early Christianity. Together, these essays reconceptualize Christology, rediscover early Judaic and Christian community, and provide valuable insights into the issues of community and identity.

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  • Provides essays that reconceptualize Christology and community in early Judaism and Christianity
  • Discusses Christology
  • Investigates community and identity in early Judaism and Christianity
  • Part I: Reconceptualizing Christology and Community
    • How We Talk about Christology Matters
      April D. DeConick
    • Mandatory Retirement: Ideas in the Study of Christian Origins Whose Time Has Come to Go
      Paula Fredriksen
    • The “Most High” God and the Nature of Early Jewish Monotheism
      Richard Bauckham
    • “How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?”: A Reply
      Adela Yarbro Collins
    • Resurrection and Christology: Are They Related?
      Pheme Perkins
    • Are Early New Testament Manuscripts Truly Abundant?
      Eldon Jay Epp
  • Part II: Studies in Christology
    • Prophetic Identity and Conflict in the Historic Ministry of Jesus
      Maurice Casey
    • Pauline Exegesis and the Incarnate Christ
      David B. Capes
    • Christophany as a Sign of “the End”
      Carey C. Newman
    • When Did the Understanding of Jesus’ Death as an Atoning Sacrifice First Emerge?
      James D. G. Dunn
    • Discarding the Seamless Robe: The High Priesthood of Jesus in John’s Gospel
      Helen K. Bond
    • Remembering and Revelation: The Historic and Glorified Jesus in the Gospel of John
      Larry W. Hurtado
    • Jesus: “The One Who Sees God”
      Marianne Meye Thompson
    • The Lamb (Not the Man) on the Divine Throne
      Charles A. Gieschen
  • Part III: Studies in Community
    • The Promise of the Spirit of Life in the Book of Ezekiel
      John R. Levison
    • Sadducees, Zadokites, and the Wisdom of Ben Sira
      Jonathan Klawans
    • On the Changing Significance of the Sacred
      Rachel Elior
    • Vespasian, Nerva, Jesus, and Fiscus Judaicus
      Paul Foster
    • Paul’s Religious Experience in the Eyes of Jewish Scholars
      Alan F. Segal
    • Liturgy and Communal Identity: Hellenistic Synagogal Prayer 5 and the Character of Early Syrian Christianity
      Troy A. Miller
    • Anger, Reconciliation, and Friendship in Matthew 5:21–26
      John T. Fitzgerald
Methodologically sophisticated, engagingly written, and imaginatively provocative, this splendid volume advances the study of Early Judaism, Christian origins, and Jewish/Christian relations.

—Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

  • Title: Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity
  • Editors: David B. Capes, April D. DeConick, Helen K. Bond, and Troy A. Miller
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 510

David B. Capes is a chair in the department of Christianity and philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He is the author of Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul’s Christology, The Footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land, The Last Eyewitness: The Final Week, and Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology.

April D. DeConick is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies in the department of religious studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She specializes in early Christian history and theology, noncanonical Gospels, and gnostic and mystical traditions. She is the author of Seek to See Him: Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas, Voices of the Mystics: Early Christian Discourse in the Gospels of John and Thomas and Other Ancient Christian Literature, Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas: A History of the Gospel and Its Growth, and The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation, with Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel.

Helen K. Bond studied at the Universities of St. Andrews, Durham, and Tübingen. She is a senior lecturer in New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, where she has taught since 2000. Her publications include Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation and Caiaphas: Friend of Rome and Judge of Jesus?.

Troy A. Miller is the dean and assistant professor of Bible & theology in the School of Bible & Theology at Crichton College in Memphis, TN. He holds a PhD in New Testament language, literature, and theology from the University of Edinburgh and specializes in late Second Temple Judaism, Paul, and early-Christian identity formation.


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