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Carlin A. Barton and Daniel Boyarin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271191

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.001.0001

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A Glance at the Future: Thrēskeia and the Literature of Apologetic, First to Third Centuries C.E.

A Glance at the Future: Thrēskeia and the Literature of Apologetic, First to Third Centuries C.E.

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(p.200) Twelve A Glance at the Future: Thrēskeia and the Literature of Apologetic, First to Third Centuries C.E.
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Imagine No Religion
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Carlin A. Barton

Daniel Boyarin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271191.003.0013

In this chapter we show that a new usage of the word thrēskeia appears on the scene in the first few Christian centuries. In writings that we might term “apologetic” that seek a place for Christians (or Jews) in the Empire, the term is more frequently used in ways that approximate more closely the way “religion” is used in later times. An explanation for this phenomenon is offered.

Keywords:   thrēskeia, apologetic, Philo, early Christian writings

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