BR 9:01, Feb 1993
Johns Anti-Jewish Polemic
In the previous article, Professor Charlesworth calls the Gospel of John the most Jewish of the Gospels. This means, not that it is pro-Jewish or sympathetic to Jewish interests, but that it is by and about Jews acting in a Jewish environment. In fact, the Gospel of John is also probably the most anti-Jewish of the Gospels. How we are to understand this aspect of the Gospel is obviously an important concern. The following article discusses this aspect of Johns Gospel. The author is Professor of New Testament and Homiletics at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, in Philadelphia. What follows is an excerpt from the authors chapter in Faith, and Polemic: Studies in Anti-Semitism and Early Christianity, edited by Craig A. Evans and Donald A. Hager (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992) that also was published in Explorations, a publication of the American Interfaith Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, edited by Professor Charlesworth.Ed.