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By Paul R. Trebilco

Scholarly overview of Jewish groups within the Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman Diaspora has, some time past, been ruled by way of our wisdom of the massive and influential groups in Rome and Alexandria. This e-book brings jointly the proof for major Jewish groups in one other a part of the Diaspora, specifically Asia Minor. via collating archaeological, epigraphic, classical, New testomony and patristic resources, the ebook presents a useful and coherent description of the lifetime of Jewish groups in Asia Minor, and so offers a extra whole photograph than used to be formerly to be had of Jewish lifestyles on the time. via describing the energy, power and variety of Jewish existence in Asia Minor, the writer is ready to element to the retention in their Jewish identification through those groups, regardless of their shut family members with the broader pagan society within which they lived. a level of integration didn't, for this reason, suggest the abandonment of an energetic attachment to Jewish culture. The survey the ebook presents therefore contributes to our knowing of the hot testomony and of early Christianity.

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The Jews in the Diaspora communities involved revolted against the local authorities and against Rome, the power which had previously upheld their case against the local communities. This and the geographical spread of the uprisings show the impor­ tance of local factors, such as the presence of nationalist or messianic leadership and of local grievances or tensions, as the causes of the revolt. The lack of evidence for any contemporary hostilities in Asia Minor suggests that different local factors prevailed there.

It is likely that an element within these general references is persecution at the hands of the Jews. These passages were all written before Paul returned to 74 75 76 77 78 Evidence from the New Testament 21 Jerusalem (as is recounted in Acts 21 and suggested by Rom 15:25-31), so these Jewish persecutions must belong to the period of Paul's mission in Asia Minor, Macedonia and Achaia. Therefore, we can conclude that the picture in Acts of Paul being persecuted by Jews is credible. That some of this opposition occurred in Asia Minor is a reasonable inference.

He was the son of a Jewish Christian woman and a Greek father, who was probably already dead. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him in his travels, but since Timothy was uncircumcised, Paul circumcised him 'because of the Jews who were in those places'. There has been much discussion of the passage with some scholars concluding that Paul would never circumcise someone like Timothy since he regarded circumcision as a matter of indifference and stated that those who were circumcised were bound to keep the whole law.

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