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The Making of Christianity: Conflicts, Contacts, and Constructions

Essays in Honor of Bengt Holmberg

Edited by Magnus Zetterholm and Samuel Byrskog

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Coniectanea Biblica New Testament Series

The Making of Christianity: Conflicts, Contacts, and Constructions

Essays in Honor of Bengt Holmberg

Edited by Magnus Zetterholm and Samuel Byrskog

Bengt Holmberg is widely known and respected as one of the pioneers of the sociological study of the New Testament. His dissertation, Paul and Power, published by CWK Gleerup in 1978 and by Fortress Press in 1980, was among the first studies to use sociological theory to explore and more deeply understand the Pauline letters, and it set the agenda for much future research. Partly on the basis of his conviction that the ultimate reality escapes scholarly analytical categories, Holmberg always sensed both the advantages and the dangers of sociological approaches to the study of religious phenomena. This perception was discussed with much insight and expanded in his second monograph, Sociology and the New Testament, published by Fortress Press in 1990. In recent years, he has continued to publish prolifically on this topic, and his recent efforts have focused on what culminated in a 2008 article published in Exploring Christian Identity.

 

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Bengt Holmberg is widely known and respected as one of the pioneers of the sociological study of the New Testament. His dissertation, Paul and Power, published by CWK Gleerup in 1978 and by Fortress Press in 1980, was among the first studies to use sociological theory to explore and more deeply understand the Pauline letters, and it set the agenda for much future research. Partly on the basis of his conviction that the ultimate reality escapes scholarly analytical categories, Holmberg always sensed both the advantages and the dangers of sociological approaches to the study of religious phenomena. This perception was discussed with much insight and expanded in his second monograph, Sociology and the New Testament, published by Fortress Press in 1990. In recent years, he has continued to publish prolifically on this topic, and his recent efforts have focused on what culminated in a 2008 article published in Exploring Christian Identity.

This volume, a celebration of the life and work of Prof. Holmberg, derives its focal point from his core interests and celebrates his long commitment to Lund University, where he spent much of his academic life. The essays presented here come from former students and an international assemblage of colleagues and admirers; they pay tribute to his efforts to integrate sociological research and approaches with New Testament studies and the development of early Christianity.

Preface vii

List of Contributors ix

Abbreviations xi

From Memory to Memoirs: Tracing the Background of a Literary Genre 1

Samuel Byrskog

Gentile Identity and Transformation in Christ According to Paul 23

William S. Campbell

Baptism and the Formation of Identity 57

Adela Yarbro Collins

The Legal Status of the Earliest Christian Churches 75

James D. G. Dunn

Basic Facts About the Synoptic Parables: 95

What They Are and What They Are Not

Birger Gerhardsson

“Their Wives Are as Chaste as Virgins, Their Daughters Modest”: The Role of Women in Early Christian Apologetics 103

Judith M. Lieu

Pope Benedict’s Historical Validation of Jesus’ Incarnation 129

Dieter Mitternacht

Constructing the Galilee of Jesus in an Age of Ethnic Identity 147

Halvor Moxnes

Johannine Christians—Members of a Renewed Covenant? Jewish/Christian Identity According to the Johannine Letters 173

Birger Olsson

Was There a Christian Mission Before the Fourth Century? Problematizing Common Ideas about Early Christianity and the Beginnings of Modern Mission 205

Anders Runesson

Statues and Identity: Dion of Prusa’s (Dio Chrysostomos) Rhodian Discourse (Or) and the New Testament 249

Karl Olav Sandnes

Ephesus and Power: Early Christian Textual Prototypes of Authority in a Local Perspective 273

Mikael Tellbe

The Letter to the Romans and Paul’s Plural Identity: A Dialogical Self in Dialogue with Judaism and Christianity 301

Gerd Theissen

Misquoting Manuscripts? The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture Revisited 325

Tommy Wasserman

The Judaism Paul Left Behind Him 353

Stephen Westerholm

“Will the Real Gentile-Christian Please Stand Up!” Torah and the Crisis of Identity Formation 373

Magnus Zetterholm

Bibliography 395

Index of Sources 445Preface vii

List of Contributors ix

Abbreviations xi

From Memory to Memoirs: Tracing the Background of a Literary Genre 1

Samuel Byrskog

Gentile Identity and Transformation in Christ According to Paul 23

William S. Campbell

Baptism and the Formation of Identity 57

Adela Yarbro Collins

The Legal Status of the Earliest Christian Churches 75

James D. G. Dunn

Basic Facts About the Synoptic Parables: 95

What They Are and What They Are Not

Birger Gerhardsson

“Their Wives Are as Chaste as Virgins, Their Daughters Modest”: The Role of Women in Early Christian Apologetics 103

Judith M. Lieu

Pope Benedict’s Historical Validation of Jesus’ Incarnation 129

Dieter Mitternacht

Constructing the Galilee of Jesus in an Age of Ethnic Identity 147

Halvor Moxnes

Johannine Christians—Members of a Renewed Covenant? Jewish/Christian Identity According to the Johannine Letters 173

Birger Olsson

Was There a Christian Mission Before the Fourth Century? Problematizing Common Ideas about Early Christianity and the Beginnings of Modern Mission 205

Anders Runesson

Statues and Identity: Dion of Prusa’s (Dio Chrysostomos) Rhodian Discourse (Or) and the New Testament 249

Karl Olav Sandnes

Ephesus and Power: Early Christian Textual Prototypes of Authority in a Local Perspective 273

Mikael Tellbe

The Letter to the Romans and Paul’s Plural Identity: A Dialogical Self in Dialogue with Judaism and Christianity 301

Gerd Theissen

Misquoting Manuscripts? The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture Revisited 325

Tommy Wasserman

The Judaism Paul Left Behind Him 353

Stephen Westerholm

“Will the Real Gentile-Christian Please Stand Up!” Torah and the Crisis of Identity Formation 373

Magnus Zetterholm

Bibliography 395

Index of Sources 445Preface vii

List of Contributors ix

Abbreviations xi

From Memory to Memoirs: Tracing the Background of a Literary Genre 1

Samuel Byrskog

Gentile Identity and Transformation in Christ According to Paul 23

William S. Campbell

Baptism and the Formation of Identity 57

Adela Yarbro Collins

The Legal Status of the Earliest Christian Churches 75

James D. G. Dunn

Basic Facts About the Synoptic Parables: 95

What They Are and What They Are Not

Birger Gerhardsson

“Their Wives Are as Chaste as Virgins, Their Daughters Modest”: The Role of Women in Early Christian Apologetics 103

Judith M. Lieu

Pope Benedict’s Historical Validation of Jesus’ Incarnation 129

Dieter Mitternacht

Constructing the Galilee of Jesus in an Age of Ethnic Identity 147

Halvor Moxnes

Johannine Christians—Members of a Renewed Covenant? Jewish/Christian Identity According to the Johannine Letters 173

Birger Olsson

Was There a Christian Mission Before the Fourth Century? Problematizing Common Ideas about Early Christianity and the Beginnings of Modern Mission 205

Anders Runesson

Statues and Identity: Dion of Prusa’s (Dio Chrysostomos) Rhodian Discourse (Or) and the New Testament 249

Karl Olav Sandnes

Ephesus and Power: Early Christian Textual Prototypes of Authority in a Local Perspective 273

Mikael Tellbe

The Letter to the Romans and Paul’s Plural Identity: A Dialogical Self in Dialogue with Judaism and Christianity 301

Gerd Theissen

Misquoting Manuscripts? The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture Revisited 325

Tommy Wasserman

The Judaism Paul Left Behind Him 353

Stephen Westerholm

“Will the Real Gentile-Christian Please Stand Up!” Torah and the Crisis of Identity Formation 373

Magnus Zetterholm

Bibliography 395

Index of Sources 445

Preface vii

List of Contributors ix

Abbreviations xi

From Memory to Memoirs: Tracing the Background of a Literary Genre 1

Samuel Byrskog

Gentile Identity and Transformation in Christ According to Paul 23

William S. Campbell

Baptism and the Formation of Identity 57

Adela Yarbro Collins

The Legal Status of the Earliest Christian Churches 75

James D. G. Dunn

Basic Facts About the Synoptic Parables: 95

What They Are and What They Are Not

Birger Gerhardsson

“Their Wives Are as Chaste as Virgins, Their Daughters Modest”: The Role of Women in Early Christian Apologetics 103

Judith M. Lieu

Pope Benedict’s Historical Validation of Jesus’ Incarnation 129

Dieter Mitternacht

Constructing the Galilee of Jesus in an Age of Ethnic Identity 147

Halvor Moxnes

Johannine Christians—Members of a Renewed Covenant? Jewish/Christian Identity According to the Johannine Letters 173

Birger Olsson

Was There a Christian Mission Before the Fourth Century? Problematizing Common Ideas about Early Christianity and the Beginnings of Modern Mission 205

Anders Runesson

Statues and Identity: Dion of Prusa’s (Dio Chrysostomos) Rhodian Discourse (Or) and the New Testament 249

Karl Olav Sandnes

Ephesus and Power: Early Christian Textual Prototypes of Authority in a Local Perspective 273

Mikael Tellbe

The Letter to the Romans and Paul’s Plural Identity: A Dialogical Self in Dialogue with Judaism and Christianity 301

Gerd Theissen

Misquoting Manuscripts? The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture Revisited 325

Tommy Wasserman

The Judaism Paul Left Behind Him 353

Stephen Westerholm

“Will the Real Gentile-Christian Please Stand Up!”

Torah and the Crisis of Identity Formation 373

Magnus Zetterholm

Bibliography 395

Index of Sources 445

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