Diaspora Jewish Attitudes to Metropoleis: Philo and Paul on Balanced Personalities, Split Loyalties, Jerusalem and Rome

Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer

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Abstract

The chapter studies the attitudes of Philo and Paul, two diaspora Jews, on Jerusalem and Rome. Philo's view that a balanced Jewish identity is intellectually independent, but still informed by loyalty to one's "mother city" (metropolis) Jerusalem and to one's home city/"fatherland" (patris) helps to explain Paul's attitude to Jerusalem in that he does not accept any theological supremacy of the apostles, but still feels the obligation to collect money for the poor among the Jerusalem Christian community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Urban World and the First Christians
EditorsSteve Walton, Paul R. Trebilco, David W. J. Gill
Place of PublicationGrand Rapids
PublisherWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages86-98
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780802874511
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Leonhardt-Balzer, J. (2017). Diaspora Jewish Attitudes to Metropoleis: Philo and Paul on Balanced Personalities, Split Loyalties, Jerusalem and Rome. In S. Walton, P. R. Trebilco, & D. W. J. Gill (Eds.), The Urban World and the First Christians (pp. 86-98). Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co..