Publisher:  Varda Books
Original Publisher:  Magnes Press
Published:  2009
Language:  English
Pages:   246

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About the Book

This book comprises three successive chapters from Yehezkel Kaufman's Golah ve-Nekhar which, though intrinsically related to the central topic of that work, constitute a distinct unit of its own.

These three chapters represent a broad attempt by the author to answer the question as to why, having spread to almost all peoples around the world, Christianity was not was able to anchor itself among the Jews? Why all those Jews that have become Christians, have also eventually disappeared from the rolls of the Jewish people?


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Translator's Preface VII
Acknowledgements XI

Chapter 1 The Religion of Israel Among the Gentiles 1

  • Defeat of Paganism
  • Christianity and Paganism: Modern Scholarship 2
  • Hellenism and Paganism 7
  • Jewish Monotheism Radically Uprooted Paganism 10
  • Rivalry of Covenants
  • Real Basis of Jewish, Christian Moslem Polemics 17
  • The View of Jewish Philosophers 26
  • Jewish Rejection of Jesus and Muhammad 35

Chapter 2 Origins of the Christian Church 46

  • Jesus the Jew
  • Jesus and Jewish Law 49
  • Jesus and the Pharisees 60
  • The Apocalyptic Messiah
  • Jesus Jewish Messiah 71
  • John the Baptist 80
  • Son of Man, Son of God 84
  • Kingdom of Heaven 89
  • Faith in Jesus 98
  • The Messianic King
  • Jesus and Jewish Nationalism 105
  • Political Implications of Jesus' Thought 108
  • Trial of Jesus 119
  • The Christian Gospel
  • Nationalist Elements of Early Christianity 128
  • Popular Religion and Jewish Law 134
  • Universalist Elements of Christianity and Judaism 147
  • The Gentiles 153
  • Beginnings of Gentile Christianity 155
  • Judaizers 161
  • Christianity Nation versus Church 166

Chapter 3 Israel's Religious-Racial Identity 181

  • Ethnic Disintegration 181
  • Religion's Historical Effect on Judaism 186
  • Judaism and Greek Culture 196
  • Christianity and Islam Persecution of the Jews 203

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So far as mass conversion to Christianity is concerned, it was much the same; Jewish intellectuals were not drawn to it. Certainly many Egyptian Jews, even as Jews elsewhere, accepted the gospel preached by Jesus' apostles. But Greek rationalism was totally absent in early Christianity; Christianity was, as emphasized above, the defeat of the Greek enlightenment. To the Greeks, Christianity was "foolishness"; to the Jews, "a stumbling block"; and to the Jewish intellectuals, both foolishness and stumbling block. Jews of Egypt, like other Jews, might, insofar as they were prepared to believe in its signs and wonders, accept Christianity as a development of their Judaism. But Hellenistic life styles could not make them, particularly those influenced by Greek philosophy, more receptive to Christianity than their more tradition-oriented brethren.