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General Epistles
Azusa Pacific University
Mr. Matt Hauge
February 5, 2004
"Anti-Semitism & the New Testament"

I.   Timeline
A.   6/4 BC-30 AD
1.   Jesus' life
2.   Judaism was in power, "Christianity" was nothing (Jc)
B.   30-312 AD
1.   Early Church
2.   Judaism was in power, "Christianity" was becoming anti-semitic (after 150 AD) but it did not matter necessarily
3.   Influential People
a.   Epistle of Mileto
b.   Justin Martyr
c.   Tertullian
C.   312-2004 AD
1.   Post-Constantine
2.   Christianity is now in power, and Judaism is being "persecuted"
II.   Important Quote to Remember (according to Andy not Mr. Hauge) - Rabbi Daniel Lapin
In truth however, even though Catholics did kill Jews in Europe, I do not believe that the often sad history of Jews in Europe is relevant now. Why not? Because in Europe, Catholic Church officials wielded a rapacious combination of ecclesiastical and political power with which they frequently incited illiterate mobs to acts of anti-Jewish violence &In America, few Jews have ever been murdered, mugged, robbed, or raped by Christians returning home from church on Sunday morning. America is history's most philo-Semitic country, providing the most hospitable home for Jews in the past two thousand years. Suggesting equivalency between American Christians today and those of European history is to be offensive and ungrateful.
Quite frankly, if it is appropriate to blame today's American Christians for the sins of past Europeans, why isn't it okay to blame today's Jews for things that our ancestors may have done? Clearly both are wrong and doing so harms our relationships with one of the few groups still friendly toward us today. Jewish groups that fracture friendship between Christians and Jews are performing no valuable service to American Jews
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