Thursday, 8 October 2015
The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited,
John Howard Yoder, SCM Press, 2003, page 171
Yoder then sums up the three phenomena he has identified:
Each of these marks was sociologically innovative. Each was indispensible to define Jewish identity outside Palestine and to make it viable ... Cumulatively they made of Jewry an effective missionary people all across the Middle East, not ending their outreach completelt even when the Christians, with the same ethos and policy, took over that role.
This is quite remarkable. Until the last half of the last sentence, Yoder is talking about the Jewish people in the years runnin gup to and slightly after the start of the church! An effective missionary people - not only is that not what most believers today would expect, but the early church then moved forward with the same model.