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Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Provides an overview of early Christianity’s origins in Judaism and its transition to a separate and predominantly Gentile religious tradition by the end of the second century.
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Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jewish ChristiansThe original core of a reform movement within Judaism that later emerged as a separate religion known as Christianity. Owing to the dynamics and changes within this process, scholarship has struggled to find a historically acceptable definition of Jewish Christianity. At one extreme,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Jewish Christians. The earliest Christians were all Jews. As such they continued their participation in the temple worship while the forms of Christian worship were developing (Acts 2:46; 3:1). After the conversion of Gentiles at Joppa, distinctions were first made between Christian Jews, “the believers
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Jewish ChristianityThe much discussed problem of defining Jewish Christianity is caused by the diversity of the phenomena to be explained and the difficulty of deciding what criteria to use in identifying it. One may, for example, focus on negative criteria, that is, on the lack of difference with Judaism
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
JEWISH CHRISTIANITYThey said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law.” Acts 21:20.[Trypho the Jew speaking to a Christian:] “But if some, even now, wish to live in the observance of the institutions given by Moses, can they
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
JEWISH CHRISTIANITY. It is not easy to define what is meant by “Jewish Christianity,” both because of the diversity of opinion among scholars and by the social-religious difficulties of the phenomenon itself. We can attempt to enumerate the various proposals by proceeding in a series of concentric circles,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
JEWISH CHRISTIANITY. “Jewish Christianity” is a scholarly label for Christian communities that are judged to be more “Jewish” than most “Christians” of their time—whether because of ethnicity, culture, self-understanding, practice and/or belief. In the history of research, it has been used to denote