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Anti-Judaism in Feminist Christian Interpretation

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Anti-Judaism in feminist interpretation signifies both a failure of feminism to include all women within its vision and an often unconscious appropriation of anti-Jewish themes and strategies that are as old as the New Testament itself. Feminists are certainly not the first Christians to make use of anti-Jewish arguments in order to forward a particular agenda. Rather, feminist interpretation adds a new complication to a mode of projective discourse thoroughly embedded in Christian thought. Once Christian feminists recognize anti-Jewish patterns, it is essential that they begin systematically to problematize anti-Judaism in the Christian tradition as part of a feminist analysis of Christian texts. The ancient, deeply rooted, and tenacious character of anti-Jewish themes in Christian writing has been extensively documented. Christian institutes, workshops, panel discussions, and other projects deal with key feminist issues, either without including Jewish feminists working on the same questions or inviting Jewish participation on Christian terms.

Keywords: anti-Judaisim; Christian feminists; New Testament



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