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Jewish ChristianityThe Making of the Christianity-Judaism Divide$
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Matt Jackson-McCabe and John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180138

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180138.001.0001

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Jewish Christianity, Pauline Christianity, and the Critical Study of the New Testament: Thomas Morgan and F. C. Baur

Jewish Christianity, Pauline Christianity, and the Critical Study of the New Testament: Thomas Morgan and F. C. Baur

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(p.37) 2 Jewish Christianity, Pauline Christianity, and the Critical Study of the New Testament: Thomas Morgan and F. C. Baur
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Jewish Christianity
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Matt Jackson-Mccabe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180138.003.0003

This chapter explores the development of an occlusionistic model of Jewish Christianity, and its relationship to the rise of critical New Testament scholarship, in the works of English Deist Thomas Morgan and German theologian Ferdinand Christian Baur. Morgan and Baur did not abandon John Toland's humanistic retelling of Christian myth so much as simply reconfigure the role of Jewish Christianity within it. The apostles no longer stood alongside Jesus as examples of an authoritative incarnation of transcendent Christianity in Jewish cultural forms. Now they represented the first occlusion of transcendent Christianity by those Jewish forms. The normative authority traditionally ascribed to the apostles and their purported writings, accordingly, was effectively reduced to the singular apostle Paul and his letters. The commingling of the latter with the former in the New Testament was explained in terms of a pervasive and multifaceted miscoloration of transcendent Christianity by its first, Jewish receptacle during the apostolic and postapostolic eras. Thus, Morgan and, more consequentially, Baur both called for a systematic and thoroughly critical study of the New Testament itself, precisely to distill from all its Jewish trappings the true, transcendent Christianity they assumed it concealed.

Keywords:   Jewish Christianity, New Testament scholarship, Thomas Morgan, Ferdinand Christian Baur, Christian myth, apostles, Jesus, transcendent Christianity, Jewish culture, Paul the Apostle

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