Image and Reality Synopsis
Judith Lieu examines the rhetorical function of Jews in the early texts of the second century and seeks to acknowledge the complex nature of an issue which is too easily proclaimed 'Christian anti-Semitism'.
Image and Reality Press Reviews
This monograph belongs in every academic library. There is nothing else quite like it now, but in the next academic generation, its approach should be widely and productively used. A. T. Kraabel, Luther College, Decorah, Journal of Roman Studies; This is an impressive work: subtle, learned and possessing an admirable clarity throughout. It should be welcomed by all who study Jewish-Christian relations, as well as those scholars and students specialising in the second century. It should prove an excellent and indispensable model for those intending to examine this subject in the future. Justin Meggitt, Journal of Religious History; [a] learned and richly documented book... Lieu's discussion of the evidence is marked by subtlety and a sense of balance...it covers a wide variety of material in considerable detail...[it] is of considerable significance for the future discussion of Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity. James Carleton Paget, Journal of Theological Studies; Lieu's evocative study is both a rich treatment of the role of the Jewish 'other' in the development of early Christian self-definition, and a bold attempt to define an aspect of the 'rhetoric' which was to provide the basis for centuries of Christian discourse. David Satran, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Scripta Classica Israelica