Magazine October 30, 2017, Issue

Origins and Ruptures

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Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World, by Philip Jenkins (Basic, 336 pp., $30)

Philip Jenkins has given us, in this book, a brilliant new account of Judaism’s mostly temporary but still highly influential transformations during two centuries, from 250 to 50 b.c.e. Among modern scholars, the literary works he draws on have usually passed for mere extracanonical curiosities, but they have such coherent themes, and ones so familiar to Christians and Muslims, that they seem to demand a rethinking of the Western religious heritage. In particular, to speak of thoroughgoing discontinuity between “traditional” ancient Judaism and “radical” early Christianity no longer makes sense — though I will need to come back, later, to

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Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

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