Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament Paperback
Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations
by Terence L. Donaldson;
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Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament
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Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament by Terence L. Donaldson was published by SPCK in March 2010. The ISBN for Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament is 9780281058839.
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Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New TestamentChris Moore, via The Good Book Stall
There is a long tradition in the church which has been 'against the Jews'. Indeed, as Donaldson notes, it is possible to trace a trajectory in this thought which leads to the horrors of the holocaust. To what extent, then, is the New Testament itself Anti-Semitic? Do the gospels and epistles portray a church which is seeking to define itself as a particular manifestation of Judaism or, rather, has the New Testament church rejected Judaism altogether?
It is into this debate that Donaldson has stepped with his very helpful book. He begins by giving an overview of responses to the holocaust from a number of scholars before defining terms for his study. This he does by distinguishing Anti-Semitism from Anti-Judaism and discussing super-sessionalism.
With the question defined, he considers in a series of chapters the major parts of the New Testament: Matthew, Luke-Acts, John and Paul. In each he seeks to set the writings into their context, both author and recipients, and then assesses into which of the three categories introduced in his first chapter the writings fall.
In the final chapter Donaldson draws the various strands together and discusses their relevance for New Testament interpretation. He ends with ten statements which will serve the reader in the task of understanding the New Testament's view of the Jews. The final one serves to illustrate the nuance of both this study and the New Testament itself: "The New Testament provides us with examples of living with tension".
This is a useful book, and one which will serve the preacher and student well. It is accessible and anyone who wishes to give some serious thought to this ever salient question will benefit from spending time with it.
See also Guest Review by Robin Parry. Editor
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|Author / Artist||Terence L. Donaldson|
|Publisher||SPCK (March 2010)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||25th February 2018|