The Context of Christian Antisemitism

  • Steve Hochstadt
Part of the Documents in History book series (DH)


Within the long history of Western Christianity, antisemitism has played a significant but changing role in relations between Christians and Jews. I have chosen a handful of documents which recognize the influence of certain forms of antisemitism on the history of Jews in Europe. Antisemitism is only one facet of the Christian tradition of doctrine and practice. A few documents cannot tell the history of even this single element, but they can illustrate key points in the development of Christian attitudes toward Jews during nearly 2000 years of coexistence in Europe.


Jewish Community Christian Doctrine Ritual Murder Common Folk Normal Social Interaction 
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    Martin Luther, ‘On the Jews and Their Lies’, 1543, trans. Martin H. Bertram, in Luther’s Works, Vol. 47, ed. Franklin Sherman (Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1971), pp. 121–306, excerpts from pp. 137, 217, 266–75, 292, 305–6.Google Scholar
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    Based on the translation in Kenneth R. Stow, Catholic Thought and Papal Jewry Policy 1555–1593 (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1977), pp. 294–8; some changes to this translation were made.Google Scholar
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    Excerpts from Father Saverio Rondina, ‘La morale giudaica’, Civiltà cattolica 10 January 1893, I, pp. 145–53, 160, provided by David Kertzer, translated by Francesco Duina.Google Scholar

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