Perilous Passages

There are countless passages in the New Testament that can promote antagonistic attitudes towards Jews and Judaism. When presented without consideration to their historical and theological origins, these passages are prone to perpetuate anti-Judaic misconceptions and misgivings, however unintentionally. It is imperative, therefore, to review the explanations as to why each passage is considered “perilous.”

Please note that the potentially anti-Jewish “perils” of these texts have been accepted by the principal Christian churches for the past 50 years, since the Catholic Church began its basic re-orientation in its relation to Judaism at the Second Vatican Council.  This “re-orientation” is evident in the Church’s religious teaching materials, sermon preparation guidelines, and in courses on a more critical (and more appropriate) approach to reading the Bible, especially the New Testament.


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