Re: [XTalk] Synagogues in Rome?
- Geoff Hudson wrote:
> Is there any evidence for synagogues in firstGeoff,
> century Rome?
Check out Mark Nanos' Mystery of Romans for an
argument for the existence of synagogues in
first-century Rome (apropos Paul's letter to the
Romans). (Also E.A. Judge and G.S.R. Thomas, who
similarly argued that the Christians in Rome
originally sheltered under the umbrella of the
synagogues: "The Origin of the Church at Rome" in
Reformed Theological Review, 25/3:81-94.)
>Perhaps even the Gentiles with no Jewish background
> Does anyone think that early Christians with a
> Jewish background
> might have continued to attend such synagogues?
did. That's what the above authors believe.
Loren Rosson III
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- Geoff Hudson: Does anyone think that early Christians with a Jewish
might have continued to attend such synagogues?
In the fourth century John Chrysostom realized the gravity of the Judaizer's
challenge to the church. Chrysostom is aware that many Christians are
keeping the Sabbath with the Jews.(Adv. Jud. 1.5.850, 8.8.940 and Homilies
1.7; 61.623) In a series of eight sermons delivered to his congregation in
386 C.E. in Antioch he observes, if the Jewish rite are holy, the holy ways
of Christianity must be false.( Adv. Jud. 1.6.85a) In fact, so many
Christians were attracted to Jewish practices that he warns his members not
to reveal how many, lest the reputation of the church should suffer.(Adv.
Paul also felt constrained to speak severely against continuance of some
Hebraic practices; at the same time he commended the Judean church as a
model. Gal. 2; 1 Thes. 2:14.
Richard H. Anderson