Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

by Paula Fredriksen

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Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism by Paula Fredriksen

In Augustine and the Jews, Paula Fredriksen draws us into the life, times, and thought of Augustine of Hippo (396-430). Focusing on the period of astounding creativity that led to his new understanding of Paul and to his great classic, The Confessions, she shows how Augustine's struggle to read the Bible led him to a new theological vision, one that countered the anti-Judaism not only of his Manichaean opponents but also of his own church. Conceived as a vividly original way to defend Christian ideas about Jesus and about the Old Testament, Augustine's theological innovation survived the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and it ultimately served to protect Jewish lives against the brutality of medieval crusades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385502702
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 6.34(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Paula Fredriksen is the Aurelio Professor of Scripture Emerita at Boston University and professor of religion at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Besides Augustine on Romans, her translation of Augustine’s early works on Paul, she has authored From Jesus to Christ, which was the basis of a popular Frontline documentary, and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, which won a 1999 National Jewish Book Award. She divides her time between Boston and Jerusalem.

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