Re: [XTalk] Re: HELLENISTIC JUDAISM
Thank you for your positive and helpful reply to my sketched ideas on Hellenistic Judaism. Thank you also for pointing me in the direction of Dunn's book of which I was ignorant. I shall obviously have to get it. I welcome similar guidance from others like yourself who have been down this path a lot longer than I have.
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From: John E Staton
Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:39 AM
Subject: [XTalk] Re: HELLENISTIC JUDAISM
Your thesis as you state it seems to imply a clearer distinction between
Palestinian Judaism and Hellenistic Judaism than is actually the case.
Martin Hengel ("Judaism and Hellenism") some time ago made the point
that even the most "Hebrew" Judaism was thoroughly shot through with
Hellenism. However, your thesis is not a million miles away from that
proposed by JDG Dunn in "Beginning from Jerusalem", that there were
multiple different kinds of synagogue in Jerusalem, some of which spoke
Greek and used the LXX, and that Paul and Stephen came from these
groups. I think the suggestion is that Saul, as a Greek-speaking Jew had
more to prove, culturally speaking, and so took a stricter line on
believers in Jesus Messiah than an Aramaic-speaking Jew might have done,
who felt more culturally secure. Dunn also suggests it was only the
Greek-speakers who were persecuted in the early days. The Hellenistic
synagogies were only concerned with cleaning up their own backyard and
didn't care much what Aramaic-speakers did or thought.
JOHN E STATON
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