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Light Among the Gentiles: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period Paperback – April 1, 1991

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Pr; First Edition edition (April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800624521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800624521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,377,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Southern Illinois, came of age in Freeport, Illinois, attended college in Grand Rapids, MI, seminary at Trinity in Deerfield, IL.

Now a professor at North Park University.

Two children.

Kris, my wife, is a psychologist and the greatest woman on earth.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. Zeller on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the past it was commonly thought that Jews were involved in active missionary efforts during the second temple period, but McKnight argues that they were not. Read any discussion about the question of a Jewish mission in the 2nd temple period, and this book by McKnight is usually credited with changing the previous consensus to a new one around his view. So the book is important, and McKnight has worked hard and done his homework in the original sources.

The weakness of the book is that McKnight begins with his own (arbitrary) definition of "missionary", a definition is so narrow he is able to go through a variety of ancient texts and conclude that none of them support the idea of a Jewish mission. However, if he let the evidence speak for itself on the nature of the relationship between Jews and Gentiles, without imposing an arbitrary definition, one would probably find much more reason to think of 2nd temple Jews as a missional people.
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