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Augustine and the Jews : a Christian defense of Jews and Judaism

Author: Paula Fredriksen
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Augustine and the Jews, Paula 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, Fredriksen 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Relations with Jews
Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.; Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo; Augustin, (saint ;; Augustin, (saint ;; Aurelius Augustinus; Augustin <saint , 0354-0430>; Augustin <saint , 0354-0430> - Et les Juifs.; Aurelius Augustinus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Fredriksen
ISBN: 9780385502702 0385502702
OCLC Number: 191898093
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Description: xxiii, 488 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: The legacy of Alexander --
Gods and their humans --
Gods and the one God --
Paideia : pagan, Jewish, Christian --
Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Mediterranean City --
The Prodigal Son --
The heretic --
The sojourner --
The convert --
The biblical theologian --
God and Israel --
The war of words --
The redemption of the flesh --
The mark of Cain --
"Slay them not ... "
Responsibility: Paula Fredriksen.
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"In Augustine and the Jews, Paula 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, Fredriksen 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, the 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 demise of the western Roman Empire, and it ultimately served to protect Jewish lives against the brutality of the medieval crusades." "Augustine and the Jews sheds new light on the origins of anti-Semitism and, through Augustine, opens a path toward better understanding between two of the world's great religions."--BOOK JACKET.

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