Historical Context

The Dangers of Salvation History

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Many Christian religious education programs have based themselves on “salvation history” by which they mean God’s saving activity among humans. Regrettably this theological scheme has often silenced and denigrated Jews…

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From History to Religion

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In a comprehensive history of the formation of Judaism, The Transformation of Judaism: From Philosophy to Religion (Champaign, 1992: University of Illinois Press), I tell a story of how, in my view, the principal documents of the oral Torah…

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The Gospels are Not Anti-Jewish, They were Written by Jews for Jews

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For those of us who have spent our lives interpreting the New Testament to congregations in both the Catholic and Protestant traditions, this seminar was a refreshing and disturbing experience. Professors J. Andrew Overman of Macalaster College and …

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Facing Truth: Stepping out of the Wasteland

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In 1871, Dr. August Rohling, Professor of Old Testament Exegesis in Münster, wrote an anti-Semitic pamphlet titled, The Talmudic Jew, in which he maintained that the Talmud encouraged Jews to practice deception, exploitation, oath-breaking…

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Christian Origins and Judaism: Some Recent Books

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By Dan Harrington

Almost every book on Second Temple Judaism or the New Testament contributes in some way toward rethinking the relationship …

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Discussing Anti-Judaism in the New Testament with Hans Küng

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On April 15, 1992, Dr. James H. Charlesworth, the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary, conducted a telephone interview with the Roman Catholic theologian and professor, Hans Küng,…

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