Must Haves—Christ Killers: The Jews and the Passion from the Bible to the Big Screen

Christ Killers by Jeremy Cohen

Christ Killers by Jeremy Cohen

I read this last summer but since listening to James Tabor, and hearing his concerns over Christian anti-semitism, I was drawn to it again. I remember having some problems with the manner in which he dealt with the NT, but it is a well written volume that explores the permeation of the Christ killer myth. This is a necessary read for all who are interested in the history of the Christian church and all those who consider themselves Christian. Unfortunately, there is a great degree of anti-semitism that still exists in sermons, Christian theology, and, even academic conferences (that I personally have experienced). This line of thinking must be eradicated at all costs. If the church ever hopes to have an open and honest relationship with the Jewish people it must be aware of the kinds of things that shame its history and continue to permeate its thought today.

Later I will comment on Tabor’s interview with Tovia Singer and  some of the areas where I disagree with him regarding his reading of the Gospels and the Pauline corpus.

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