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JJMJS Issue 3 (2016)

Dear Reader,
We are pleased to present to you the third issue of JJMJS, which you can read at http://issuu.com/jjmjs/docs/jjmjs-3_web/1?e=4889304/39823252 . Contributions deal with key questions in the field, and investigations move from the first to the fifth century. The issue begins by taking on the role of supersessionism in relation to Christian self-definition in a study by Terence L. Donaldson, and then moves on to a comparative analysis of baptism and purification rituals in the Jesus movement and Qumran, respectively, by Eyal Regev.
In Enrico Tuccinardi’s “Christian Horros,” we return to Pompeii and the Christianos graffito for a new suggested reading of this enigmatic find that was discussed in issue 2. Also following up from the last issue is Eric S. Gruen, who debates the studies published then by Richard Ascough and Ralph Korner on ancient associations as models for understanding the nature of the synagogue.
Between Tuccinardi and Gruen, we have placed two studies dealing with issues of vital importance for our understanding of Paul and the Gospel of Mark, respectively: Kathleen Troost-Cramer takes on the intriguing question of the role of the Jerusalem temple in Paul’s thought, focussing on Romans 15:16, and Michael Kok problematizes recent studies on the nature of Mark’s Christology. The reception of a New Testament text in Chrysostom and the Pseudo-Clementine Homilist, and its role in Jewish and Christian identity formation, is then dealt with by Deborah Forger.
Finally, we are very pleased to present a first reading of the recently discovered synagogue inscription from Kursi, an area on the eastern shore of Lake Tiberias otherwise known as the largest Byzantine pilgrimage site from the fifth century. The discovery of the inscription has already caused debate, and new theories about Jewish – Christian relations in this place have been suggested. With this publication of the inscription by Haggai Misgav and the excavators of the site, Michal Artzy and Haim Cohen, discussions have received, we believe, a new and solid point of departure.

We hope that you will find these studies thought provoking and engaging and encourage you to get involved by posting responses and questions for further discussion in our online Forum.
You can also find all the previous issues of JJMJS at http://www.jjmjs.org/issues.html , which includes a couple of BYU professors. 

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