The Crucified Jew by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism

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The author finds the roots of modern anti-Semitism in Christianity itself. The followers of Christ believed themselves to be the true heirs of the covenant with God that the Jews had rejected. Even their scriptures - the New Testament - express a deep distrust of the tradition into which Christ himself was born. As the centuries unfold in a grim and unrelenting chronicle, the Jewish people are vilified for their role in Jesus' death and for rejecting him as their saviour. They are caricatured as a dark force seeking to undermine Chritianity, whether by political or supernatural means. The book concludes with a study of anti-Semitism in post-war Europe, where the church has at last made some attempt to repent for past sins, and to open a meaningful exchange with its Jewish brothers and sisters. The author argues that this initiative is vital.
 

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Published February 20, 1992 by Fount. 320 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The upcoming millennium has inspired histories of all sorts that sum up the past 2000 years; this one surveys the Christian roots of anti-Semitism. Christian anti-Semitism, according to the author, is

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Such Christian self-definition at the expense of Judaism led to the Christian vilification, persecution and murder of the Jews over the next 20 centuries, according to Cohn-Sherbok.

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