Jews and the Christian Imagination

Reluctant Witnesses

  • Stephen R. Haynes

Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stephen R. Haynes
    Pages 1-11
  3. Stephen R. Haynes
    Pages 12-24
  4. Stephen R. Haynes
    Pages 25-63
  5. Stephen R. Haynes
    Pages 171-184
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-221

About this book


Reluctant Witnesses: Jews and the Christian Imagination is an analysis of the ancient Christian myth that casts Jews as a 'witness-people', and this myth's presence in contemporary religious discourse. It treats diverse products of the Christian imagination, including systematic theology, works of fiction, and popular writings on biblical prophecy. The book demonstrates that the witness-people myth, which was first articulated by Augustine and which determined official attitudes towards Jews in medieval Christendom, remains a powerful force in the Christian imagination.


church fiction German Heinrich Barth history Holocaust imagination Israel kingdom knowledge Medieval Literature Middle Ages myth Shoah theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen R. Haynes
    • 1
  1. 1.Rhodes CollegeMemphisUSA

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