Archive for the ‘Christian Antisemitism’ Category

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Mary C. Boys (2004). Cross Currents.

The author, a member of a team of seven scholars who reviewed the script of The Passion of the Christ prior to its release, considers the disparity between the way the film has been viewed by many Christians and Jews. She suggests that the reaction to the film is revealing of the contemporary Christian attitude to Jews and antisemitism, and to the legacy of Christian antisemitism through the ages.



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Belief that Jews were Responsible for Christ’s Death Increases: Prevalent Among Young People, Minorities and ‘Passion of Christ’ Viewers

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Pew Research Center (2004).

In the aftermath of the release of the film The Passion of the Christ, this national survey of America investigates the extent of the belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death. Drawing a comparison with similar research almost a decade ago, it is seen that ascription to this belief has seen a statistically significant increase, especially amongst those below the age of the 30 and amongst ethnic minorities.



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Anti-Semitism, the Shoah and the Church

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

German-Catholic Working Group (1996). International Council of Christians and Jews.

The study considers the origins and developments of Christian religiously based antisemitism. The practical and theological responses of the Catholic Church to the Holocaust, both at the time of its occurrence and since are explored, as are the implications for the ongoing relationship between Christians and Jews.



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A Short Review of a Troubled History

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Fritz Voll. International Council of Christians and Jews.

This review provides a comprehensive timeline of key instances of antisemitism and significant junctures in the history of antisemitism from 70 CE to the 1940s. The main emphasis is placed on examples linked to Christian antisemitism.



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Resources on the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Boston College: Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

The webpage provides a useful set of links on the film and the issues that surround it. Resources on the understanding and reaction to issues related to the film and Passion plays  generally are available.



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Anti-Judaism in Britain

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Asphodel P Long (1991). Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Reproduced on author’s site.

The author discussed antisemitism in Britain in the 1980s and early 1990s. She suggested that the influence and remnants of traditional Christian anti-Judaism could be seen in the antisemitism and anti-Zionism evident in the 1980s and early 1990s both within the feminist movement and wider society.



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The Historical Roots of the Anti-Israel Positions of Liberal Protestant Churches: An Interview with Hans Jansen

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Hans Jansen (2007). Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).

The article is based on an interview with Hans Jansen, a Dutch academic who has published extensively on the history of antisemitism, and on religiously based antisemitism in particular. Here, he details the origins of antisemitic positions in the writings of the founders and reformers of Protestant Christianity. He also suggests that contemporary Christian leaders have failed to publicly speak out against instances of Islamist and Arab antisemitism.



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Relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Judaism: Past and Present

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Yuri Tabak (2003). Jews of Euro-Asia. 

The journal article surveys the history of relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Jews. Similarities between the religious repression of Jews in Western Christendom and in Russia are highlighted, whilst the lesser role of the Russian Church compared with the Byzantine Church, the Catholic Church of the early and late Middle Ages and the Protestant denominations of Western Europe as time developed is also suggested.



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Christian Persecution of Jews over the Centuries

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Gerard S. Sloyan. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The origins of, and key historical instances of Christian persecution of Jews is examined in detail. The ongoing relevance of traditional Christian demonisation of Jews to the racially based antisemitism of more recent centuries is also highlighted.



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