shaped their readers' self-understanding.54 Examples such as these may lead us to recognise a shared universe of significance, one that could be shown also both to challenge and to participate in the symbolic world of Graeco-Roman antiquity.55

Jews and Christians share a common matrix even, or especially, when they refuse to acknowledge this.

54 See the papers inJSJ 32.3 (2001).

55 See Boyarin, Borderlines; Lieu, Christian Identity.

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