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Religion and covenantal praxis in first century Judeanism

Markus Cromhout
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 63, No 1 | a193 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v63i1.193 | © 2007 Markus Cromhout | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 2007 | Published: 08 May 2007

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Markus Cromhout, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article indicates how the two cultural features of religion and covenantal praxis helped foster or shape Judean ethnic identity in the first century CE. It focuses on socialization into the three social domains of the Temple, the synagogue and the home. In these domains, Judean ethnic identity was dominated by the requirements of the Torah. At the same time the presence of Romans, the Herodians and the Gentiles within the ancestral land helped shape Judean identity as well.

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