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The term Judaizers typically is used to describe those with whom Paul (Paul [Apostle]) disagreed regarding gentile observance of the Jewish law (Law/Decalogue/Torah). They are one of many sets of opponents with whom Paul argued (Sumney, 2005). Judaizers typically are defined further as Jesus-following Jews who were coercing Jesus-following gentiles to be circumcised (in addition to other law observances; Circumcision). This view is based on a specific reading of Galati…

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Burrow, Andrew, “Judaizers”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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