Israel Everywhere: Clement II
Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
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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. Here’s a pdf of the text available on the web. We’ll be working on its overview.