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  •  Anti-semitic gospel texts? Oh, please! (0+ / 0-)

    Like Christians don't know that Jesus was a Jew, the Apostles were Jews, and the gospels were written by Jews?  Jesus preached to the Jews.  His sermons were directed toward them, not gentiles.  He did not go among the gentiles.  Paul, not the writers of the gospels, preached to the gentiles and changed the message, as evidenced in his epistles, to make it fit his audience.   I think one should read the gospels before making claims about them.

    "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

    by Involuntary Exile on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 04:34:14 PM PDT

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    •  True. (0+ / 0-)

      But they have been misused for that purpose.

    •  Many Christians Don't & Gospel Anti-Semitism (0+ / 0-)

      First, some Christians don't know any of those things. In fact, when I was teaching world history in a high school, I mentioned that Jesus was Jewish. One student freaked out and told me I was a liar. She went to her pastor and asked him. Her pastor confirmed what I had said. She said, "I'm not going to church anymore. I'm not going to worship a Jew!"

      Second, however, the gospels were written decades after Jesus' death partially in order to attack and distinguish between Christian Jews and the incipient rabbinical Jews (following the sacking of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple by Rome). The Christian Jews were trying to convert Gentiles (Roman non-Jews) and trying to survive in a Roman-dominated world. So, the gospels blame "jews" for killing Jesus and downplay Rome's role. In addition to being my reading of the texts, this is one of James Carroll's central theses in Constantine's Sword. If it's difficult hearing this from me, take it from Carroll, who is Catholic and an ex-priest.

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