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Jew and Christian in the New Testament
German Literature between Faiths: Jews and Christians at Odds and in Harmony (2004)
  • Lawrence E. Frizzell, Seton Hall University
Abstract
In general, anti-Jewish bias in the Christian community does not go back to the New Testament (NT) itself (since its authors were Jews) but arises shortly afterward through misreadings of ambiguous passages written by these Jews. What often passes for anti-Jewish sentiment in the NT is excerpted from a dispute within the Jewish community as to what it means to be a good Jew. When cited later by non-Jews, Paul's and John's passionate wording leant itself easily to anti-Jewish interpretation.

The issues in Jewish-Christian relations from 30-100 CE are complex for several reasons. This article sketches certain aspects of these questions that have an impact over the past centuries and points out how errors led to misunderstandings, alienation and, at times, persecution of the Jewish majority. We will do this by looking at five passages which typify the controversy.

The copyright is held by Peter Lang. Learn more about German Literature between Faiths: Jews and Christians at Odds and in Harmony at www.peterlang.com?10174.
Keywords
  • Jewish-Christian,
  • Christian-Jewish,
  • German literature,
  • anti-Jewish,
  • John,
  • Paul Synoptic Gospels,
  • Prophetic model,
  • Pharisees,
  • Sadducees,
  • Jules Isaac,
  • teaching of contempt,
  • deicide,
  • rejected by God,
  • Matthew 23,
  • Mt 23,
  • Mt 27,
  • Matthew 27,
  • John 2,
  • Jn 2,
  • John 8,
  • Jn 8,
  • Philippians 3,
  • Phil 3,
  • Thessalonians 4,
  • Th 2,
  • Asher Finkel,
  • woes against the Pharisees,
  • Shammai,
  • Second Temple period,
  • Torah,
  • Zadok,
  • Gamaliel,
  • Acts 22,
  • Acts 5,
  • his blood be upon us,
  • Last Supper,
  • trial of Jesus,
  • death of Jesus,
  • Deuteronomy 21,
  • Dt 21,
  • corporate responsibility,
  • corporate guilt,
  • persecution,
  • Peter Abelard,
  • cleansing of the Temple,
  • Passion of Jesus,
  • Jesus' Passion,
  • Temple,
  • Heliand,
  • hesed,
  • Zechariah 14,
  • Zech 14,
  • your father is the devil,
  • assembly of satan,
  • synagoge tou satana,
  • John the Baptist,
  • admonisher,
  • mokeah,
  • guides of the blind,
  • Romans 2,
  • Rm 2,
  • salvation is from the Jews,
  • Genesis 49,
  • Gn 49,
  • Paul the Pharisee,
  • Hillel,
  • Joachim Jeremias
Publication Date
2004
Editor
Peter Meister
Publisher
Peter Lang
Citation Information
Lawrence E. Frizzell, "Jew and Christian in the New Testament." In German Literature between Faiths: Jews and Christians at Odds and in Harmony, edited by Peter Meister, 1-13. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fatherlawrence_frizzelldphil/162.

The copyright is held by Peter Lang. Learn more about German Literature between Faiths: Jews and Christians at Odds and in Harmony at www.peterlang.com?10174.