Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fredriksen on Augustine and pro- and anti-Jewish rhetoric

ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Augustine and “Thinking with” Jews: Rhetoric Pro- and Contra Iudaeos (Paula Fredriksen).
Christianity emerges in the second century as a family of warring sects comprised almost exclusively of ex-pagan gentiles. As they faced off against each other, each claiming to be the true community of revelation, these gentile sects derided their Christian rivals by accusing them of being “Jews,” of being “like the Jews,” or of being “worse than the Jews.”[i] It was in this period that “thinking with Jews” became hard-wired into Christian theology, thus Christian identity. The intra-Christian exchange of anti-Jewish insults became one of the drive wheels of patristic theology.


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