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Jewish Christianity: The Making of the Christianity-Judaism Divide

Matt Jackson-McCabe and John J. Collins


This book argues that the concept of Jewish Christianity represents an enduring legacy of Christian apologetics. Freethinkers of the English Enlightenment created the category of Jewish Christianity as a means of isolating a true and distinctly Christian religion from the Jewish culture of Jesus and the apostles. The book shows how a category that began as a way to reimagine the apologetic notion of an authoritative “original Christianity” continues to cause problems in the contemporary study of Jewish and Christian antiquity.

Keywords: Jewish Christianity, Christian apologetics, Christian religion, Jewish culture, Jesus, original Christianity, Christian antiquity, Jewish antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300180138
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Jackson-McCabe, author
Cleveland State University

John J. Collins, series editor