The Judaeo-Christian Tradition


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J. H. Hexter

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J.H. Hexter’s classic survey of the historical roots of Judaism and Christianity is now available with a new preface and updated bibliography. The book defines the main components, principal influences, and most significant transformations of ancient Hebrew religious beliefs and then considers those of Christianity, showing how early Christianity arose out of the Judaic heritage.

The first part of the book deals with the evolution of ancient Israel down to the end of the sixth century B.C.; the second chronicles the transition from Judaism to Christianity and the struggle of the early Christian communities against the pressures and power of the Roman Empire. Ranging over some 1500 years of ancient history, the book illuminates the cultural and intellectual impact of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

J.H. Hexter is Charles Still‚ Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and John M. Olin Professor Emeritus of the History of Freedom at Washington University in St. Louis.

"A remarkable condensation of the historical developments which produced the religion of Israel, and secondly, Christianity. Hexter brings to clear light the essentials of both forms of faith and relates what was carried over by inheritance from the mother faith to the daughter. The latter, in turn, has deeply affected the ways of thinking, values, and modes of life of all Western culture. The book should be read with great interest by laymen who seek an understanding of the basic elements of the Judaeo-Christian tradition."—Choice (on the first edition)

ISBN: 9780300045727
Publication Date: September 10, 1995
136 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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