Review: In the Shadow of the Temple

41sG2plDgmLOskar Skarsaune is widely recognized as a leading voice on Jewish influences on early Christianity. Skarsaune is professor emeritus of Church History at MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Incarnation: Myth or Fact, The proof from Prophecy: A Study in Justin Martyr’s Proof-Text Tradition, and the present volume In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity.

In the Shadow of the Temple offers a unique and fresh contribution to the study of the development and practice of the early Church. Skarsaune argues against the common notion of a “parting of ways” after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 and contends that early Christians were in continuous conversation with Jews about practice and doctrine in the early centuries leading up to Constantine—shaping the way they worshiped and thought about God. Skarsaune is honest about…

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