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The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited by John Howard Yoder

The Jewish–Christian Schism Revisited, by John Howard Yoder; William B. Eerdmans and SCM Press, 2003, US$35. That Christianity began as a sect, which gradually separated from Judaism during the second or even third century of the Common Era, isn’t as widely known as it should be. The subsequent closing of both canons and evolution of two distinct theo-logical and ecclesiological and cultural identities —Rabbinic Judaism and Christian Church—still frames the way the subject is approached at the academic level, and religious and secular prejudices still flourish at the popular level. The suggestion that Jews and Christians once shared the synagogues…

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