Date of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Religion, MA

Program

School of Religion

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Karen Torjesen

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Karen Torjesen

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Teresa Shaw

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© 2010 Andrea Brooks

Abstract

How should Christians live so as to set them apart in manner of life from Jews? This is one of the first questions asked by early Christian exegetes as Christians sought separation from Judaism. 1 While it may seem like a simple and obvious question, it caused heated controversy from the second century well into the present. This struggle for orthodoxy, or an orthodox doctrine, connects to both Christianity within the teachings of Jesus, the Pauline epistles and pseudo-Pauline writings, as well as to the culture and philosophy of the East and West. Much of the debate finds itself being addressed in the broad question "how should a Christian live?" Out of this question came the development of asceticism, marking the beginnings of monasticism.

DOI

10.5642/cguetd/107

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