Chapter 37. Defining Sacred Boundaries: Jewish–Christian Relations

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Naomi Koltun-Fromm Associate Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch37

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Koltun-Fromm, N. (2009) Defining Sacred Boundaries: Jewish–Christian Relations, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch37

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Religion, Haverford College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • defining sacred boundaries - Jewish–Christian relations;
  • Jews, Christians, and Late Antiquity;
  • holy communities and the other;
  • being chosen, or holiness ascribed - the Christian understanding;
  • Aphrahat, the Persian Sage;
  • early rabbis and rhetoric of holiness - rabbinic texts;
  • Jewish–Christian relations in late antique period - not easily defined


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Jews, Christians, and Late Antiquity

  • The History of the Study of Late Antique Jewish-Christian Relations

  • Holy Communities and the Other

  • Being Chosen, or Holiness Ascribed: The Christian Understanding

  • Being Chosen, or Holiness Ascribed: The Jewish Understanding

  • Holiness Achieved

  • Bibliographical Note