Religious Conflict from Early Christianity to the Rise of Islam
Ed. by Mayer, Wendy / Neil, Bronwen, 2013
Conflict has been an inescapable facet of religion from its very beginnings. This volume offers insight into the mechanisms at play in the centuries from the Jesus-movement’s first attempts to define itself over and against Judaism to the beginnings of Islam. Profiling research by scholars of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University, the essays document inter- and intra-religious conflict from a variety of angles. Topics relevant to the early centuries range from religious conflict between different parts of the Christian canon, types of conflict, the origins of conflict, strategies for winning, for conflict resolution, and the emergence of a language of conflict. For the fourth to seventh centuries case studies from Asia Minor, Syria, Constantinople, Gaul, Arabia and Egypt are presented. The volume closes with examinations of the Christian and Jewish response to Islam, and of Islam’s response to Christianity. Given the political and religious tensions in the world today, this volume is well positioned to find relevance and meaning in societies still grappling with the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
(Text by the editors)
Religious Conflict: Definitions, Problems and Theoretical Approaches
Setting the Record Straight at Galatia: Paul’s Narratio (Gal 1:13–2:14) as Response to the Galatian Conflict – Elmer, Ian J.
Early Christian Polemic against Jews and the Persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero – McLaren, James S.
The Use of Isaiah 28:11–12 in 1 Corinthians 14:21 – Theophilos, Michael P. / Smith, A.M.
Conflict in the Canon: The Pauline Literature and the Gospel of Matthew – Sim, David C.
Rewriting: The Path from Apocryphal to Heretical – Piovanelli, Pierluigi
Inter-City Conflict in the Story of St Michael of Chonai – Cadwallader, Alan H.
John Chrysostom and the Anomoeans: Shaping an Antiochene Perspective on Christology – Laird, Raymond J.
Media Manipulation as a Tool in Religious Conflict: Controlling the Narrative Surrounding the Deposition of John Chrysostom – Mayer, Wendy
Zosimus and the Gallic Churches – Dunn, Geoffrey D.
Religious Conflict between Antioch and Alexandria c. 565–630 CE – Allen, Pauline
Christian-Jewish Conflict in the Light of Heraclius’ Forced Conversions and the Beginning of Islam – Gador-Whyte, Sarah
The Earliest Greek Understandings of Islam: John of Damascus and Theophanes the Confessor – Neil, Bronwen
Muhammad the Eschatological Prophet – Casey, Damien
List of Contributors
Index of Names and Places