Anglo Israel Archaeological Society
Anthony Sheppard, ’Fuzzy Frontiers and Funny Faiths’
4.00pm Wednesday 16th December
This talk explores the concept of a fence or hedge round the Jewish Law and asks how solid that fence was in the Greek-speaking diaspora of the Roman Empire. Fluid boundaries allied to the high standing of many Jewish communities, such as Sardis, facilitated Jewish influence on contemporary pagan religious developments and reflect a model of circles of decreasing influence. The model will be illustrated with reference to cults such as Theos Hypsistos (God Most High) and the ‘Holy and Righteous One(s)’.
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