Elliott, Mason, Cohen and Esler on the meaning of Ioudaios
- List members who have been following the discussion about J.H. Elliott's and Steve Mason's recent articles might find the "What's in a Name?" series on my blog to be of interest.
Along with Elliott and Mason, the series critically evaluates Shaye Cohen's argument in <The Beginnings of Jewishness>, and Philip Esler's response to Cohen in <Conflict and Identity in Romans>. The first post, with links to all the rest, is here: http://gervatoshav.blogspot.com/2007/12/whats-in-name-part-1-on-jews-and.html
Essentially, I believe Elliott's larger argument that Jesus was an Israelite not a Judaean to be seriously flawed. Mason's argument that Ioudaios should be understood as an ethnic rather than a religious designation is persuasive, although I think he underplays the 'religious' distinctives that set the Judaean ethnos apart in the Greco-Roman world.
David M. Miller, Ph.D. (McMaster)
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Briercrest College & Seminary
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