Christianity and Anti-Semitism

Henry, Martin (2005) Christianity and Anti-Semitism. Irish Theological Quarterly, 70 (4). p. 362.

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Matricide is an awe-inspiring crime. To kill another human being is vile enough, to kill one’s own mother, to deprive of life the person who gave one life, is to move into a different dimension of horror. It represents an almost metaphysical assault on the very order of reality. Yet, if scholars are correct who tell us that Christianity sprang from Judaism, then Christian anti-Semitism, which has frequently in the course of history not stopped short of murder, could be interpreted as a form of matricide, of religious or, at least, religiously inspired matricide.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Anti-Semitism, Christianity, Matricide
Academic Unit: St Patrick's College, Maynooth > Faculty of Theology
Item ID: 649
Depositing User: Martin Henry
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Theological Quarterly
Publisher: Pontifical University Maynooth
Refereed: Yes

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