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Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways

Fiscus Judaicus and the Parting of the Ways

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Publisher: JCB Mohr (Paul Siebeck)
ISBN: 9783161503832
Number of Pages: 254
Published: 07/05/2010
Width: 23.1 cm
Height: 15.5 cm
Marius Heemstra argues that the "harsh" administration of the Fiscus Judaicus under the Roman emperor Domitian (81-96) and the reform of this Fiscus under the emperor Nerva (96-98), accelerated the parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity, resulting in two separate religions.From 96 CE onwards, Roman authorities used a more pointed definition of "Jew", which made it easier for them to distinguish between Judaism (an accepted religion within the empire) and Christianity (an illegal religious movement). This parting should primarily be interpreted as a break between Jewish Christians and mainstream Judaism. Both parties claimed to be the true representatives of the continuing history of Israel. In this study, the author pays special attention to the Roman and Jewish context of the Book of Revelation, the Letter to the Hebrews, and the Gospel of John, including the debate about the birkat ha-minim.

Marius Heemstra

Born 1960; 1985 Masters Degree (Ancient History) from the University of Groningen; 2006 Masters Degree (Theology) from the University of Groningen; 2009 PhD from the University of Groningen; Insurance Manager for a multinational Dutch telecom operator.

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