Christian antisemitism : a history of hate
Call Number261.26 N61c
Statement of ResponsibilityWilliam Nicholls.
Creators & ContributorsNicholls, William
Summary"In Christian Antisemitism: A History of Hate, Professor William Nicholls, a former minister in the Anglican Church and the founder of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia, presents his stunning research, stating that Christian teaching is primarily responsible for antisemitism... Christian Antisemitism traces, over two millennia, the growing domination of Western culture by the Christian 'myth' (as Nicholls calls it) about the Jews, and shows how it still exerts a major influence even on the secularized 'post-Christian world.' Nicholls shows, through scrupulous research and documentation, that the myth of the Jews as Christ-killers has powered anti-Judaism and antisemitism throughout the centuries. Nicholls clearly illustrates that this myth is present in the New Testament and that 'it has not yet died under the impact of modern critical history.' Also included in this remarkable volume is Nicholls' research regarding the Jewishness of Jesus. He writes, 'Historical scholarship now permits us to affirm with confidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a faithful and observant Jew who lived by the Torah and taught nothing against his own people and their faith ... the Romans, not the Jews, were the Christ-killers.' In Part I, 'Before the Myth,' Nicholls explores the life of Jesus and his teachings as found in the New Testament. Was Jesus the founder of Christianity? Did he offer teachings against his people? Did he believe himself to be the Messiah? In Part II, 'The Growth of the Myth,' Nicholls looks at the impact made by Paul and documents the slow but steady relegation of the Jews to a position of hatred and victimization and their role as scapegoat. Also included in this section of the book is a close look at the development of the notion of the Jew as a player in Christian theology. In Part III, 'The Myth Secularized,' Nicholls observes the 'secularization' of antisemitism, from the age of Napoleon to the present. His conclusion is a pessimistic one, noting that 'the Holocaust has not brought an end to anti-semitism. It still pervades European and North American culture.'" —Book jacket
ContentsPart I. Before the myth
Part II. The growth of the myth
- Jesus the Jew: 1. Founder of Christianity?
- Jesus the Jew: 2. Rejected by his people?
- Jesus the Jew: 3. Crucified Messiah?
Part III. The myth secularized
- Paul and the beginning of Christianity
- The true Israel: battle for the Bible
- Jews in a Christian world
- Popular paranoia
- Inquisition and reformation: the turning of the tide?
- The Napoleonic bargain: "Frenchmen of the Mosaic persuasion"
- Secular antisemitism
- The churches in the twentieth century
- Antisemitisms old and new
- Ending antisemitism?
Appendix: the three accounts of Peter's acclamation of Jesus as the Messiah
Physical Description xxviii, 499 pages ; 24 cm
PublisherNorthvale, NJ : Jason Aronson, Inc.
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 479-482) and index
RecognitionGifted by Reverend Pat Dolan