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How deeply is anti-Semitism rooted in Western culture? No 20th-century reader can be indifferent to the question. Seeking answers in the earliest records of Judeo-Christian relationships, this revisionist study concludes that anti-Semitism in the pagan world was rare, usually brought on by political forces.
This revisionist reading of early anti-Judaism offers a richer and more varied picture of the Jews and Christians of antiquity.
"A book of compelling and powerful historical argument. Coherent and well documented, his fresh approach treats a difficult problem in a remarkably interesting way. No one concerned with the troubled relationship between Judaism and Christianity, whether in ancient or modern times, can afford to
ignore it."--The Journal of Religion
"This book brings the study of ancient Pagan and Christian anti-Semitism to a new plateau where one sees things more clearly and, I dare say, more correctly."--Krister Stendahl, Harvard Divinity School
"A stunning challenge to some widely accepted ideas on the genesis of anti-Semitism....Priority reading for church historians--and anyone else who wants to study the religious roots of the Holocaust."--Kirkus Reviews
"Solidly grounded in authentic evidence and reliable rcholarship."--Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"A major contribution to a better understanding of the roots of anti-Semitism in Western culture."--Judaica Books News