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Ross Kraemer is Professor Emerita within the division of spiritual stories at Brown collage. This quantity of essays, conceived and produced via scholars, colleagues, and neighbors bears witness to the breadth of her personal scholarly pursuits. members contain Theodore A. Bergren, Debra Bucher, Lynn Cohick, Mary Rose D’Angelo, Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Robert Doran, Jennifer Eyl, Paula Fredriksen, John G. Gager, Maxine Grossman, Kim Haines-Eitzen, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Jordan Kraemer, Robert A. Kraft, Shira L. Lander, Amy-Jill Levine, Susan Marks, E. Ann subject, Renee Levine Melammed, Susan Niditch, Elaine Pagels, Adele Reinhartz, Jordan Rosenblum, Sarah Schwarz, Karen B. Stern, Stanley ok. Stowers, Daniel Ullucci, Arthur Urbano, Heidi Wendt, and Benjamin G. Wright.

- Articles that study either historic and sleek texts in cross-cultural and trans-historical perspective
- Twenty-eight unique essays on old Judaism, Christianity, and girls within the Greco-Roman world

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Wis 7:17; 13:1; 15:2–3), but the gods themselves were real. 11 Their ancestral traditions put Jews in a potentially awkward situation: Israel’s god famously demanded that his people worship him alone. 13 How did these Jews manage? Our inscriptional and papyrological evidence in particular should caution us against taking at face value the confluence of classical ethnographers’ complaints of Jewish ἀσέβεια 11. On the normative polytheism of ancient monotheism, see Paula Fredriksen, “Judaizing the Nations: The Ritual Demands of Paul’s Gospel,” NTS 56 (2010): 232–52, here 240–41; further eadem, Augustine and the Jews, 6–20.

21), so we might assume that most of the Jews in the crowd remained unconverted. In the end, what does this text tell us about Jews in late antiquity? Since this is a unique instance of Jewish converts in the apocryphal acts, it could reflect some historical moment of Jewish conversion. The fact that roles are reversed in this story—it is the male who is the immediate convert and the female who resists—adds to that possibility. The text, however, does its best to obscure the religious background of its protagonist and his family.

He serves as an unwitting evangelist, leading people to the powerful Christian god, which ultimately unsettles the status quo in both the pagan and Jewish traditions. It is the non-Jews of the crowd who accept the truth that Philip has brought to them, saying “he himself [Philip] has guided us to the genuine truth. Therefore what charge might we find against him? On the contrary even the Jew who debated with him has shown all the more the hidden glory in the prophets concerning the Messiah. . 15).

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