- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965351750
- ISBN-13: 978-0965351751
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a study of the phenomena behind anti-Semitism, but it is unlike any other study of this subject. The author traces the history of Jewish/Christian conflicts back much further than the early churches of Paul, where most authors begin. Ruether looks all the way back to the division of Christian Jews from other Jews over disputes in interpreting the Torah, and books of prophecy.
The study considers the social pressures of the early church to balance somehow the connection to Judaism, and the pressures from the burgeoning state of Rome, but she strips this question entirely of apologetics, demonstrating that deliberate choices were made, not out of desperation, but often for personal gain.
Reuther doesn't pull her punches. When there is blame to be laid, she lays it squarely on the head of the guilty party. But don't think that this is some kind of book of grudges. Ruether is an highly qualified historian and theologian who crosses all her t's and dots her i's. Before she makes any statements of guilt, she builds an extraordinarily strong case, that will have you sadly nodding your head.
Ruether writes with a light touch, never belaboring a point, so the book moves quickly; there is something fascinating on every page. This is a difficult book to put down. It's not often that such an academic subject is turned into a book read for pleasure, but Ruether has done so. Despite squirming sometimes just over the thought of the injustices inflicted on Jews, the joy of discovery ran deep, and I couldn't put this book down.
Many others have written books on this topic since. This book is in my opinion is "a MUST READ" for anyone seriously interested in improving relations between Christians and Jews. Without it, too often Christians will erroneously contextualize Jews as either "failed proto-Christians" or have an impression of Judaism only as something fossilized from the past, and Jews will be convinced that understanding Judaism on it's own terms is impossible for any faithful Christian. This book was the seminal work which shatters both sets of misconceptions. It is a bridge to understanding and builds Shalom in its broadest of meanings. Yasher Koach Ms. Ruether. Thank you.