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RE: [XTalk] Synagogues in Rome?

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  • Richard Anderson
    Geoff Hudson: Does anyone think that early Christians with a Jewish background might have continued to attend such synagogues? In the fourth century John
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      Geoff Hudson: Does anyone think that early Christians with a Jewish
      background
      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.
      Jud. 8.4.933)
      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
      Wallingford PA
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