Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity, Volume 1: Paul and the by Peter Richardson, David Granskou

By Peter Richardson, David Granskou

The interval because the shut of global battle II has been agonizingly introspective—not least as a result of ache of reassessing Christianity’s angle to Judaism. The early Christian fabrics have frequently been tested to evaluate their function within the long-standing detrimental perspective of Christians to Jews. the inducement for the early church’s occasionally harsh perspective was once partially theological—it had to outline itself over opposed to its parent—and partially sociological—it had to clarify the road that divided the fledgling crew of Christian believers fromt he crew with which it was once probably to be harassed. This choice of experiences emphasizes the context and heritage of early Christianity in reconsidering a number of the vintage passages that experience contributed to the advance of anti-Judaism in Christianity. the quantity opens with an essay that in actual fact delineates the kingdom of the query of anti-Judaism in early Christianity. Then persist with discussions of particular passages within the writings of Paul in addition to the Gospels.

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When Paul heard of their anxiety over the death of one of their number, he wrote: For the L o r d h i m s e l f will d e s c e n d f r o m h e a v e n with a cry o f c o m m a n d , with the archangel's call, a n d with the s o u n d o f the t r u m p e t o f G o d . A n d the d e a d in Christ will rise first; t h e n we w h o are alive, w h o are left, shall be c a u g h t u p t o g e t h e r with t h e m in the c l o u d s to m e e t the L o r d in the air; a n d s o we shall always be with the Lord.

He continued, "They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glorv, the covenant, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ" (9:4-5). These passages seem directly to contradict the passage we are presently considering. Furthermore, although the point is often missed in traditional Protestant readings of Paul's letters, Paul himself did not have an attitude of revulsion towards his preconversion days.

Whiteley, Thf Throlog\ of St. PauI (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964). H a r d , Origin, 160. , 135-37. Faul Ahead of His l ime: 1 Thess. 2:13-16 33 from Romans 9 to 11. T h e argument they propose is not that the passage conflicts with material found elsewhere in 1 Thessalonians but that it conflicts with what is known about Paul on the basis of his other letters. Naturally, if we are convinced that both Romans and 1 Thessalonians are genuine letters of Paul, we will attempt to trace a relationship between them.

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