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Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Wilfrid Laurier University Press is interested in acquiring good MSS by Canadian authors both for its academic and trade lists. My role is to encourage potential authors, especially in the areas of religion, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, philosophy, fine art, literature, and related fields, to consider WLUP. The Press maintains a full-service press, with copy-editing, art-work, printing, publishing, marketing, distribution worldwide.Please contact me with your book plans or outlines.

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Studies in Christianity and Judaism/Etudes sur le christianisme et le judaisme  


Editorial board

Submission of Manuscripts

Instructions for authors  

Collected works

Publishing of dissertations 

ESCJ list of volumes



Studies in Christianity and Judaism/Etudes sur le christianisme et le judaisme (ESCJ)

publishes monographs on Christianity and Judaism in the last two centuries before the common era and the first six centuries of the common era, with a special interest in studies of their interrelationship or the cultural and social context in which they developed. The series is sponsored by the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies, in cooperation with the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion.

For more information on CSBS, WLU Press, CCSR, see the various links under Bookmarks.



 Editorial board

Editorial Board

Peter Richardson Editor University of Toronto 
Paula Fredriksen Boston University 
John Gager Princeton University 
Olivette Genest Universite de Montreal 
Adele Reinhartz McMaster University 
Stephen G. Wilson Carleton University 
Publications Officer Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (ex officio) 



Submission of Manuscripts

Submission of Manuscripts

  1. For formal assessment, MSS must be submitted in three copies; it is strongly recommended, however, that a preliminary MS be submitted in a single copy. 
  2. If a preliminary MS is submitted, the editor will read it and advise whether to proceed. 
  3. If it is submitted formally, and if it requires a publicly funded subvention, it will be submitted to the Aid for Scholarly Publications Program. Two readers' reports will be sought, one by the editor of the series and one by the ASPP. If the two readers' reports differ substantially, a third reader will be consulted. 
  4. On the basis of the readers' reports and a response by the author, the ASPP will decide whether to make a subvention for the MSS's publication. 
  5. The author will make the alterations required by the ASPP. 



For more information on the Aid to Scholarly Publications Progam, contact,


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 Instructions for authors 

Instructions for Authors

  1. All matter must be printed on good stock (8 1/2 x 11 inches) with at least one inch margins. All text must be double-spaced, including footnotes or endnotes. 
  2. Use a minimum of formatting commands. Set various levels of subheadings in the same font and type size, roman, not underlined or bolded. Use both upper and lower case in all titles and subtitles. 
  3. On matters of style, consult The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing (Toronto and London: Dundurn Press, 1985). On spelling, use the first spelling in Gage Canadian Dictionary, but use "-our" endings. For citations of ancient texts and abbreviations, use the Handbook of the Society of Biblical Literature or the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 
  4. References may be either social sciences or humanities conventions. The main principle is consistency in citation. Humanities notations should take the form that follows (note: never use op. cit., loc. cit., or ibid.; use an abbreviated title): 



Advice on Notation

1 Gerd Theissen, The First Followers of Jesus (London: SCM, 1978), p. 68-87. (Note comma and single p.; except for university presses and other cases where it is necessary, do not use "Press.") 

2 Elaine Pagels, "The Orthodox against the Gnostics," in Peter Berger, ed., The Other Side of God (Garden City, NJ: Anchor Books, 1991), p. 134-46. (Note order of information for edited volumes, two letter state abbreviation, style for inclusive page references.) 

3 Pagels, "Orthodox," p. 140. 

4 Harry A. Green, "Ritual in Valentinian Gnosticism: A Sociological Interpretation," Journal of Religious History, 12,1 (1982): 109-24. (Note comma between volume and part; colon following date, no "p.") 

5 Theissen, First Followers, p. 97. 

6 Theissen, First Followers, p. 100-101. 


  1. In references to scripture and ancient writers, use Arabic numbers unless Roman numerals are essential to avoid confusion (e.g., Rom. 5:16). 
  2. Original languages should be used sparingly; use correct diacritical marks. Provide a translation for material cited in the original languages. Alternatively, transliterations may be employed, using the conventions of the Society of Biblical Literature. 
  3. Use inclusive language. See The Canadian Style, Appendix 2, for helpful suggestions. 
  4. ESCJ uses the designations BCE and CE in small caps, both of which come after the date. 
  5. Use a minimum of punctuation consistent with good grammar and readability. Avoid "scare quotes," underlining or italicizing for emphasis (the construction of the sentence should make clear where the emphasis lies). 
  6. Avoid changes in tense; write in either in the present or past tense. 


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Collected works  

Publishing collected works

In addition to publishing monographs, ESCJ publishes collected worksas a part of its mandate, especially-though not limited to-collections of closely-related articles emerging out of the work of seminars or conferences, such as those sponsored from time to time by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies or the Canadian Patristic Society. Experience shows that it is essential to develop the manuscript with the requirements of the ASPP subvention process in mind. The current description of the ASPP includes the following requirements: eligible manuscripts must

  • "constitute the result of collaborative effort" 
  • "exhibit cohesiveness and a substantive integration of chapters" 
  • [show a] "collaborative effort among all authors, and not simply [rely] on the usual role played by the editor(s)" 
  • [show] "substantive integration of chapters [that] does not mean merely the usual drafting of an introduction and a conclusion by the editor(s) after receipt of the various individual contributions, nor does it mean simply that care was taken in selecting these contributors and in giving them specific instructions" 
  • [show] "that all contributors intervene in the collective preparation of the general framework and in the fitting together of the component chapters" 
  • [incorporate a process where] "contributors read all chapters of the work, comment on them, and revise their own work in light of having read the other chapters and received comments from other contributors." 

Note that within the collected work, all cross-references should be to chapters, not papers. 

ASPP has a registration form that requires a description of the collaborative process. It should be submitted with the MS. 


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Publishing of dissertations   

Publishing of Dissertations

  1. Only superior doctoral dissertations that make a substantial contribution to the field are eligible to be published as dissertations. [Works that began as dissertations can also be submitted as monographs.]. A letter of nomination to this effect from the supervisor is required, indicating in what ways this dissertation is unusually good compared with others. 
  2. Considerations such as felicitous style, coherent argument, appropriate format, freedom from typos and errors are subordinate criteria. The intention is to select only those which, as they were submitted for the degree, are of a form and quality that makes them appropriate for a monograph series. 
  3. The assessment will include at least one ESCJ reader; internal and external examiners' reports will be used, when available (when not available, a second ESCJ reader will be used). Enthusiastic assessments are needed for a positive decision. If there is a substantial difference of opinion, the Editor will cast the deciding vote. 
  4. Minor revisions are possible: reductions in length, moving material between text and appendices, translations of original languages, reductions in the amount of foreign language material, corrections of typos, formatting changes, are the kind of alterations that are permissible. Major revisions makes a MS ineligible for this program. 
  5. The production of the work must be technically feasible. Normally the author will be required to prepare camera-ready copy to the Press's specifications. 
  6. The publication must be financially viable. Normally a subvention will be required; the Editor or others may, at the request of the author, write letters regarding support by university, granting agency, foundation, or the like. 
  7. The promise of a subvention will not influence the assessment process nor guarantee publication; the absence of a subvention will prevent publication under this program. 
  8. Dissertations will be published as a part of the regular ESCJ series; each will carry a clear statement in the introduction or preface that it is essentially unrevised. 
  9. Since public funding is not anticipated, this aspect of ESCJ will be open to all. Similar arrangements will be applied to volumes with private or grant-supported subventions and to jointly-authored or collected works. 


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Titles and Contents 

List: ESCJ list of volumes that have appeared in the series (click on title to see Contents)

Gérard Vallée, A Study in Anti-Gnostic Polemics: Irenaeus, Hippolytus, and Epiphanius

Peter Richardson, editor, with David Granskou ,Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity Volume 1: Paul and the Gospels

Stephen G. Wilson, ed. ,Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity Volume 2: Separation and Polemic

Jack N. Lightstone, Society, the Sacred, and Scripture in Ancient Judaism

Peter Richardson and Stephen Westerholm; with A.I. Baumgarten, Cecilia Wassén and Michael Pettem Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period: The Debate over Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity

Peter D. Gooch, Dangerous Food: 1 Corinthians 8-10 in its Context

Jack N. Lightstone, The Rhetoric of  the Babylonian Talmud, its Social Meaning and Context

William E. Arnal and Michel Desjardins, Whose Historical Jesus?

 Forthcoming volumes:

Terence L. Donaldson, editor, Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima

Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success among Christians, Jews, and Pagans
Law among Jewish Groups in the Second Temple period
Parables of the War [on Revelation




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Gérard Vallée

A Study in Anti-Gnostic Polemics:

Irenaeus, Hippolytus, and Epiphanius

ESCJ 1; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1981. Pp. xi + 114. (Out of print)

Introduction: Heresiology and Normative Christianity
1. Irenaeus’s Refutation of the Gnostics
2. The Elenchos Against All Hersies
3. Epiphanius’s Panarion
Conclusion: Christian Polemics and the Emergence of Orthodoxy


Peter Richardson, editor, with David Granskou

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity,

Volume 1: Paul and the Gospels

(ESCJ 2.1; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1986), pp. xi + 232.

1.  Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity: The State of the Question, William Klassen
2.  Paul Ahead of his Time: 1 Thess. 2:13-16, John C. Hurd
3.  Paul and the Law in Galatians 2-3, Lloyd Gaston
4.  On the Absence of "Anti-Judaism" in 1 Corinthians, Peter Richardson
5.  Paul on the Law, his Opponents, and the Jewish People in Philippians 3 and 2 Corinthians 11, E. P. Sanders
6.  The Rhetorical Function of the Jews in Romans, Daniel Fraikin
7.  The Trial of Jesus as Jewish-Christian Polarization: Blasphemy and Polemic in Mark’s Gospel, Charles P. Anderson
8.  Anti-Judaism and the Passion Narrative in Luke and Acts, Lloyd Gaston
9.  The Jews and the Death of Jesus in Acts, S. G. Wilson
10.  Anti-Judaic Sentiments in the Passion Narratives According to Matthew, Erwin Buck
11.  The Setting of Matthean Anti-Judaism, Benno Przybylski
12.  Anti-Judaism in the Passion Accounts of the Fourth Gospel, David Granskou


Stephen G. Wilson, ed.

Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity,

Volume 2: Separation and Polemic

ESCJ 2.2; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1986 Pp. xi + 185

1. To the Hebrews or Against the Hebrews? Anti-Judaism and the Epistle to the Hebrews, William Klassen
2. Temple and Bet Ha-midrash in the  Epistle of Barnabas, Martin B. Shukster and Peter Richardson
3. Judaism of the Uncircumcised in Ignatius and Related Writers, Lloyd Gaston
4. Marcion and the Jews, Stephen G. Wilson
5. Justin Martyr’s Argument with Judaism, Harold Remus
6. Melito and Israel, Stephen G. Wilson
7. Christian Anti-Judaism in its Judaic Mirror: The Judaic Context of Early Christianity Revised, Jack Lightstone
8. Judaism, Christianity and Gnosticism, Alan F. Segal
9. Retrospect, Lloyd Gaston



Jack N. Lightstone

Society, the Sacred, and Scripture in Ancient Judaism

ESCJ 3; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1988. Pp. + 126


 1. Introduction
 2. The "Restoration" Community and the "Torah of Moses"
 3. Diaspora, Sources of the Sacred, and Torah as Holy Relic
 4. Earliest Rabbinic Circles, Mishnah and Scripture as Closed System
 5. Talmudic Rabbinism, Midrash, and the Fragmentation of Scripture
 Bibliography and Index



Peter Richardson and Stephen Westerholm; with A.I. Baumgarten, Cecilia Wassén and Michael Pettem

Law in Religious Communities in the Roman Period: The Debate over Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity

ESCJ 4; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990. Pp. x + 164

 Introduction, Peter Richardson
1.  Law and Religion: Origin and Present State, Peter Richardson
2.  Whence "The Torah" of Second Temple Judaism, Stephen Westerholm
3.  Torah, Nomos and Law, Stephen Westerholm
4.  Law, Grace and the "Soteriology" of Judaism, Stephen Westerholm
5.  Law and Christian Ethics, Stephen Westerholm
6.  Torah and Early Christian Groups, Michael Pettem
7.  Rivkin and Neusner on the Pharisees, Albert I. Baumgarten
8.  Sadducees and Halakah, Cecilia Wassén
9.  Torah and Nomos in Post-Biblical Judaism and Early Christianity, Peter Richardson



Peter D. Gooch

Dangerous Food: 1 Corinthians 8-10 in its Context

ESCJ 5; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1993. Pp. Xviii + 178

 1. Table of daimonia
 2. In an idol’s temple
 3. "If someone invites you…"
 4. Introduction to the discussion of 1 Corinthians 8-10
 5. What is idol-food?
 6. For whom is idol-food a problem, and why?
 7. What is Paul’s proposed solution to the problem of idol-food?
8. What effect would Paul’s proposed solution to the problem of idol-food have on the Corinthians?
9. What was the Corinthian response to Paul’s proposed solution to the problem of idol-food?
10. Paul’s position after 1 Corinthians
11. Other early Christian practice concerning idol-food
Appendix 1: Different views of Paul’s position concerning idol-food
Appendix 2: Aristides, Oration 49
Bibliography and indexes.


Jack N. Lightstone

The Rhetoric of  the Babylonian Talmud, its Social Meaning and Context

ESCJ 6; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1994. Pp. xiv + 317

 1. Introduction
 3. Bavli’s structural formularies in comparative relief
 2. Bavli’s structural formularies
 4. Bavli’s dialectical formularies
 5. Bavli’s dialectical formularies in comparative relief
 6. Summary and conclusions: The social meaning and context of Bavli’s rhetoric
Appendix A: A comparative analysis of the distribution of selected structural formulae in nine tractates of the Bavli
 Appendix B. The Hebrew-Aramaic texts of b. Avodah Zarah 14b-16a and  b. Bekorot 2a-5b
 References, Selected Bibliography, Index


William E. Arnal and Michel Desjardins, eds

Whose Historical Jesus?

ESCJ 7; Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997. Pp. 337



 Preface, Michel Desjardins
 Part One: Recent Concerns

 The Mediterranean Jesus
 1. The Mediterranean Jesus: Context, William Klassen
 2. Itinerants and Householders in the Earliest Jesus Movement, John Dominic Crossan
 3. Q and a Cynic-Like Jesus, Burton L. Mack
 4. The Gospel of Thomas and the Cynic Jesus, John W. Marshall

 The Galilean Jewish Jesus
 5. The Galilean Jewish Jesus: Context
 6. Galilean Questions to Crossan’s Mediterranean Jesus, Seán Freyne

 Socio-Rhetorical Interests
 7. Socio-Rhetorical Interest: Context, Willi Braun
 8. The Rhetoric of the Historical Jesus, L. Gregory Bloomquist
 9. Cosmology and the Jesus Miracles, Wendy Cotter
10. the Theological Importance of the "Third Quest" for the Historical Jesus, Halvor Moxnes

11. Academic Engagement
Academic: Engagement Context, Sandra Walker-Ramisch
12. A Feminist Experience of Historical-Jesus Scholarship, Jane Schaberg
13. The Historical Jesus and African New Testament Scholarship, Grant LeMarquand

Recent Concerns: Closing Thoughts
14. Recent Concerns: The Scholar as Engagé, Leif Vaage

Part Two: Enduring Concerns

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
15. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Context, Terence L. Donaldson
16. The Historical Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Wayne O. McCready

17. Apocalypticism: Context, Dietmar Neufeld
18. Will the Reader Understand? Apocalypse as Veil or Vision in Recent Historical-Jesus Research, Edith M. Humphrey

The Christ of Faith
19. The Christ of Faith: Context, Stephen Westerholm
20. Is the "Historical Jesus" a Christological Construct? Barry W. Henaut

Continuing Historical-Jesus Studies
21. Continuing Historical-Jesus Studies: Context, Robert L. Webb
22. A Taxonomoy of Recent Historical-Jesus Work, Larry W. Hurtado

Enduring Concerns: Closing Thoughts
23. Enduring Concerns: Desiderata for Future Historical-Jesus Research, Peter Richardson


24. Making and Re-Making the Jesus Sign: Contemporary Markings on the Body of Christ, William E. Arnal




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Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima

Terence L. Donaldson, editor

Forthcoming, spring 2000




1. Introduction, Terence L. Donaldson


2. Archaeological Evidence for Religion and Urbanism in Caesarea Maritima, Peter Richardson

3. A Literary Guide to Caesarea Maritima, Lee A Johnson

4. Epigraphical Evidence in Caesarea Maritima, Bradley H. McLean


5. Greco-Roman Religions in Caesarea Maritima, R. Jackson Painter

6. Judaism in Caesarea Maritima, Michele Murray

7. Christianity in Caesarea Maritima, Richard S. Ascough

8. Samaritanism in Caesarea Maritima, Reinhard Pummer


9. The Origins and Social Context of Mithraism at Caesarea Maritima

10. Ethnic and Political Rivalry at Caesarea Maritima, John S. Kloppenborg

11. The Conflict over Isopoliteia: An Alexandrian Perspective, Dorothy I. Sly

12. Architecture and Conflict in Caesarea Maritima, Stephen Fai

13. Cornelius, the Roman Army and Religion, Wendy Cotter C.S.J.

14. The Hexapla and Origen's Disputes with the Sages of Caesarea, Ruth A. Clements

15. Annotated Archaeological Bibliography of Caesarea Maritima, Elaine A. Myers

16. Concluding Reflections, Terence L. Donaldson





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