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Introduction: Roots of theological anti-semitism

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which deals both with the prelude to theological anti-Semitism and with views that opposed anti-Semitism. The book aims to describe the ideological and theological factors behind each scholars view on Jews and Judaism by looking at his description of Jews and Judaism in antiquity. It looks at three issues in particular. Firstly, the book documents each scholars view on Jews and Judaism, looking at the characterisation and historiography of Jews and Judaism, and how the problem of continuitydiscontinuity is regarded in this connection. Secondly, it attempts to understand views of Jews and Judaism within the scholars symbolic worldthe world of thoughts, values and ideologies. Thirdly, the book discusses the social dimensions of the respective views, that is, whether the descriptions and ideology pertaining to Jews and Judaism meant a legitimation or delegitimation of discrimination and oppression of Jews.

Keywords: Judaism; theological anti-Semitism



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