Antisemitism in the New Testament

Antisemitism in the New Testament

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By (author) Lillian C. Freudmann

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  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Format: Paperback | 358 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 211mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 January 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0819192953
  • ISBN 13: 9780819192950
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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This is the first book since the canonization of the New Testament which studies its anti-Jewish contents on a thorough, systematic, verse-by-verse basis. The author identifies every misquotation and mistranslation from the Hebrew Bible and rebuts every antisemitic assertion in the Christian Scriptures. The book examines the historical background in which the Gospels and Epistles were written and how contemporary conditions affected their contents. The final chapter deals with the impact of the New Testament on Jews and Christians for the past two millennia and the possibilities of revising this trend through alternate interpretations. Contents: When and How it all Startted; The Tanakh According to the Gospel; On Reinventing Paul; The Letters that Started a Religion; The Law According to Paul; The View of the Jew in the Gospels and Acts; Where Do We Go From Here?; Bibliography; Indexes.

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Lillian C. Freudmann, who holds an M.S.W. from Washington University, teaches courses in the Bible at the University of Connecticut, School of Continuing Education.

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Mrs. Freudmann has written a very useful and well-researched book. While other authors have pointed out antisemitic aspects of the New Testament, she has substantiated the charge with a verse-by-verse examination of the texts and by adducing a wealth of comparative material from Jewish sources. She has many excellent points to make for the improvement of Christian teaching and the development of friendly Jewish-Christian relations. -- Hyam Maccoby, Leo Baeck Institute ...Her book makes a very substantial contribution to scholarly studies on this very important topic... -- Norman A. Beck, Texas Lutheran College Lillian Freudmann's Antisemitism in the New Testament is an informed, candid, and lucid treatment of a most painful subject that has divided Jews and Christians for centuries...Freudmann's useful work should be read and pondered. -- Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University ...remarkable. Antisemitism in the New Testament is easily the best work I have seen on this subject and deserves to be read in the Vatican and in all Christian religious colleges and institutions. -- S. Levin, BIBLICAL POLEMICS The intended audience is the general public rather than scholars, and the tone is polemical...In a relatively irenic look forward, Freudmann offers suggestions about taking the necessary steps to de-antisemitize the NT, describes anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism, and urges that the Christian Scriptures be purged of their anti-Semitic elements. -- S. Levin, BIBLICAL POLEMICS Critical Review ...Mrs. Freudmann has done with a high degree of competence what she sets out to do and her attention both to the anti-Jewish element in the NT and to the Jewish sources which stand over against these elements results in the most thoroughgoing and consistent treatment of this issue with which I am familiar. -- Clark Williamson, Indiana Professor of Christian Thought, Emeritus, Christian Theological Seminary Mrs. Freudmann has written a very useful and well-researched book. While other authors have pointed out antisemitic aspects of the New Testament, she has substantiated the charge with a verse-by-verse examination of the texts and by adducing a wealth of comparative material from Jewish sources. She has many excellent points to make for the improvement of Christian teaching and the development of friendly Jewish-Christian relations. -- Hyam Maccoby, Leo Baeck Institute ...Her book makes a very substantial contribution to scholarly studies on this very important topic... -- Norman A. Beck, Texas Lutheran College Lillian Freudmann's Antisemitism in the New Testament is an informed, candid, and lucid treatment of a most painful subject that has divided Jews and Christians for centuries...Freudmann's useful work should be read and pondered. -- Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University ...remarkable. Antisemitism in the New Testament is easily the best work I have seen on this subject and deserves to be read in the Vatican and in all Christian religious colleges and institutions. -- S. Levin, BIBLICAL POLEMICS The intended audience is the general public rather than scholars, and the tone is polemical...In a relatively irenic look forward, Freudmann offers suggestions about taking the necessary steps to "de-antisemitize" the NT, describes anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism, and urges that the Christian Scriptures be purged of their anti-Semitic elements. -- S. Levin, BIBLICAL POLEMICS Critical Review