The Christian Churches on Israel and the Jews

  • Norman Solomon


A recent survey lists over 20 000 different sects of Christianity in the world today. If they cannot agree on Christian doctrine or Church structure it is hardly likely they will share one consistent view on Jews and Israel. Group tendencies can be discerned and described, but one must always be wary of thinking of Christians, any more than Jews, as a monolithic entity. Nor should one overestimate the significance of ‘Christian’ views in contemporary Western society, where professing Christians are probably a minority.


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    Rosemary Ruether, Faith and Fratricide (New York, 1974). Professor Ruether’s book stimulated a vigorous debate. For some of the reactions see, in particular, Alan T. Davies, (ed.) Antisemitism and the Foundations of Christianity (New York: Paulist Press 1979).Google Scholar
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