Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 529 pages
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In "Augustine and the Jews, " Fredriksen draws us into the life, times, and thought of Augustine of Hippo (396-430). Focusing on the period of astounding creativity that led to his new understanding of Paul and to his great classic, "The Confessions, " she shows how Augustine's struggle to read the Bible led him to a new theological vision, one that countered the anti-Judaism not only of his Manichaean opponents but also of his own church. The Christian Empire, Augustine held, was right to ban paganism and to coerce heretics. But the source of ancient Jewish scripture and current Jewish practice, he argued, was the very same as that of the New Testament and of the church--namely, God himself. Accordingly, he urged, Jews were to be left alone. Conceived as a vividly original way to defend Christian ideas about Jesus and about the Old Testament, Augustine's theological innovation survived the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and it ultimately served to protect Jewish lives against the brutality of medieval crusades.

"Augustine and the Jews "sheds new light on the origins of Christian anti-Semitism and, through Augustine, opens a path toward better understanding between two of the world's great religions.

  

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A recognized scholar of the historical Jesus, Fredriksen (Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston Univ.; From Jesus to Christ) explores Augustine of Hippo's journey into his own particular ... Read full review

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Scholarship at its best: original, nuanced, and compelling. Fredriksen has done far more than simply collect references to Jews and Judaism in Augustine's writings. She has deeply probed his ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
PART ONETHE LEGACY OF ALEXANDER
1 GODS AND THEIR HUMANS
2 GODS AND THE ONE GOD
PAGAN JEWISH CHRISTIAN
4 PAGANS JEWS AND CHRISTIANS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN CITY
PART TWOTHE PRODIGAL SON
5 THE HERETIC
11 THE MARK OF CAIN
12 SLAY THEM NOT
EPILOGUE
POSTSCRIPT TO THE YALE EDITION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
TIME LINE
CHRONOLOGY OF AUGUSTINES LIFE AND WORK
NOTES

6 THE SOJOURNER
7 THE CONVERT
8 THE BIBLICAL THEOLOGIAN
PART THREEGOD AND ISRAEL
9 THE WAR OF WORDS
10 THE REDEMPTION OF THE FLESH
PRIMARY BIBLIOGRAPHY
SECONDARY BIBLIOGRAPHY
NAMES AND PLACES
ANCIENT DOCUMENTS AND AUTHORS
SUBJECTS
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Paula Fredriksen is the author of "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews," which won the National Jewish Book Award. She is also the author of "Augustine and the Jews" and "From Jesus to Christ." The Aurelio Professor Emerita at Boston University, she now teaches as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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