Heretics, Infidels, and Apostates: Menace, Problem, or Symptom?

By Stuart Z. Charmé

American Jewish Congress, Winter 1987

Understanding the nature of Jewish identity has become increasingly complicated in the modern world as various Jews have developed ways of expressing their Jewishness that strain and often threaten some of the traditional assumptions of the Jewish community. The author here presents several categories which may be helpful in distinguishing and analyzing some of these anomalous cases of Jewish identity. In so doing, he hopes to show that the different responses of the Jewish community to certain of these threats are not primarily the result of the theological factors of which the problem is normally couched. Rather, they are largely a reflection of the sociological predicament of being a Jewish in a non-Jewish world.

Topic: Theology, Jewish-Christian Relations, History, Sociology, Faith, Jewish Identification, Christianity, Messianism, Messianic Judaism, Belief, Modernity

Name of Publication: Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought

Volume/Issue: Vol.36/no.1

Page Number(s): 17-33

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States , World

Language: English

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Charmé, Stuart Z. Heretics, Infidels, and Apostates: Menace, Problem, or Symptom?. Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Life & Thought. American Jewish Congress. Winter 1987: 17-33. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13386


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