Israel Everywhere: Clement II
Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
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Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/499027361
Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
The Second Letter of Clement is not quite a letter, and it is probably not from any known early Christ movement leader. It is, however, a very revealing communication of some kind that articulates a particularly clear and ordinary set of thoughts about a community’s working on who they are. Their relationships to each other and to God and Jesus are especially important. The Second Letter is quite a precious early writing in that it shows clearly how it belongs thoroughly to greater Israel, even while being devoted to Jesus. It cites and quotes extensively both teachings of Jesus (some of which we do not know from any other writing) and writings from major works of the people of Israel. Most scholars think it is from probably from approximately the middle of the second century. It was first thought to have come from the late first century, and placed in either Corinth or Rome, but now it is not clear who wrote it and where it was written.
This ‘letter’ is 20 chapters. Reading all of it before we discuss it will give you the rather ordinary big sweep. But if the complete text is too long, select any stretch of four or five chapters. Here’s a pdf of the text available on the web. We’ll be working on its overview.