By Paula Fredriksen
EPUB eISBN: 9780300172508
Original ebook (Hardcover w/ Doubleday): 2008
Electronic booklet (Along w/ Updated/Paperback edition): 2010
Now in paperback with a brand new postscript, this up to date variation of Paula Fredriksen's severely acclaimed Augustine and the Jews lines the social and highbrow forces that resulted in the improvement of Christian anti-Judaism and indicates how and why Augustine challenged this tradition.
Drawing us into the lifestyles, occasions, and regarded Augustine of Hippo (396–430), Fredriksen specializes in the interval of spectacular creativity that resulted in his new figuring out of Paul and to his nice vintage, The Confessions. She exhibits how Augustine's fight to learn the Bible led him to a brand new theological imaginative and prescient, one who countered the anti-Judaism not just of his Manichaean rivals but additionally of his personal church. The Christian Empire, Augustine held, used to be correct to prohibit paganism and to coerce heretics. however the resource of historic Jewish scripture and present Jewish perform, he argued, used to be the exact same as that of the recent testomony and of the church—namely, God himself. consequently, he advised, Jews have been to be left by myself. Conceived as a vividly unique solution to safeguard Christian rules approximately Jesus and concerning the outdated testomony, Augustine's theological innovation survived the cave in of the Western Roman Empire, and it finally served to guard Jewish lives opposed to the brutality of medieval crusades.
Augustine and the Jews sheds new mild at the origins of Christian anti-Semitism and, via Augustine, opens a course towards higher knowing among of the world's nice religions.