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'Like green herb': Julian's understanding of purity and his attitude towards Judaism in his Contra Galilaeos

Scrofani, Giorgio 2008. 'Like green herb': Julian's understanding of purity and his attitude towards Judaism in his Contra Galilaeos. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 2 , pp. 1-16. 10.18573/j.2008.10293

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Abstract

Among the charges levelled against the Christians in Julian’s ‘Against the Galileans’ Judaism and its purity legislation play an essential role: By refusing Jewish sacrificial practice and dietary regulations, Julian argues, the Galileans abandoned the pure and priestly life prescribed by Moses to follow a new path of impurity and moral disorder. Julian aims to prove his allegations by strategically developing a close parallelism between Jews and Hellenes. Against a widespread view, therefore, Judaism plays essentially a polemical role in Julian’s reasoning. Only when we consider the continuing attraction which Judaism held for Christians, especially in Antioch, we can properly understand Julian’s polemics. Favouring the Jews and supporting the literal interpretation of Scripture on the one hand he affirmed indirectly the Hellenic pure way of life, on the other hand he tried to nourish inner-Christian conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cardiff University
ISSN: 1754-517X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 12:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78231

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