By Peter Richardson, David Granskou
The interval because the shut of worldwide warfare II has been agonizingly introspective—not least as a result of discomfort of reassessing Christianity’s perspective to Judaism. The early Christian fabrics have usually been tested to evaluate their position within the long-standing damaging perspective of Christians to Jews. the inducement for the early church’s occasionally harsh perspective was once in part theological—it had to outline itself over opposed to its parent—and in part sociological—it had to clarify the road that divided the fledgling staff of Christian believers fromt he workforce with which it used to be probably to be pressured. This number of reports emphasizes the context and historical past of early Christianity in reconsidering a few of the vintage passages that experience contributed to the improvement of anti-Judaism in Christianity. the quantity opens with an essay that truly delineates the country 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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Two types of evidence incline many scholars to believe that Paul could never have written the words quoted above. Paul's Attitude Towards Judaism T h e accusation that the Jews "killed . . the Lord Jesus," that they "displease God," that they "oppose all men," that they "fill u p the measure of their sins," a n d that "God's wrath has come u p o n them" has 21 Paul arid the Gospels 22 no precise parallel in the other writings attributed to Paul. On the contrary, in his fullest discussion of the position of Judaism within the purposes of God (Rom.
Paul had no need to catalogue the sins of the Gentiles; they were well known. Paul had been brought up in a tradition which was highly critical of the Gentile world. For Paul the sins of the Jews belonged to a different category, however. They related entirely to God's plan of salvation. According to our text the Jews displease God because they killed the prophets and the Lord Jesus. They "oppose all men"—a common anti-Semitic slogan. Paul used this epithet, however, in a theological way: they oppose the Gentiles by hindering Paul in his apostolic mission to bring to them God's Faul Ahead of His l ime: 1 Thess.
Chapter 14 is clearly a return to the subject matter of chapter 12, but from a different point of view. Now let us turn to 1 Thess. 2:13-16. The similarity between this passage and 1 Thess. 1:2-10 was noted by both Eckart and Pearson, and was taken as evidence for considering the latter passage an interpolation. C. H u r d , "Concerning the Structure of 1 Thessalonians," an unpublished p a p e r lor the Paul Seminar o f ' t h e SBL, Los Angeles, 1-5 September 1972. Faul Ahead of His l ime: 1 Thess.
Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity, Volume 1: Paul and the Gospels (Studies in Christianity and Judaism, Etudes sur le christianisme et le judaïsme, Volume 2) by Peter Richardson, David Granskou