Antisemitism in the New Testament

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The presence of antisemitism in the New Testament is a debated topic in biblical scholarship, though there is a growing trend to prefer the term Anti-Judaism to antisemitism.[1][2] It is also argued that the New Testament contributed toward subsequent antisemitism in the Christian community. Most authorities concur that Christianity began as a Jewish sect in Israel.[3][4][5][6]

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The New Testament and Christian antisemitism

A. Roy Eckardt, a pioneer in the field of Jewish-Christian relations,[7] asserted that the foundation of antisemitism and responsibility for the Holocaust lies ultimately in the New Testament.[8] Eckardt insisted that Christian repentance must include a reexamination of basic theological attitudes toward Jews and the New Testament in order to deal effectively with antisemitism.[9]

The general message that scholars such as Eckardt are trying to convey is that, using the New Testament as its authoritative source, the Church has stereotyped the Jewish people as an icon of unredeemed humanity;[Need quotation to verify] they became an image of a blind, stubborn, carnal, and perverse people. According to this view, this dehumanization is the vehicle that formed the psychological prerequisite to the atrocities that followed.[Need quotation to verify]

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