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Anti-Judaism on the Way from Judaism to Christianity

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Peter Landesmann

The differing beliefs that emerged between Christianity and Judaism, especially in the first two centuries AD, were mainly caused by the introduction of heavenly beings in the Jewish religion. This resulted in the predominance of a messiah, who will be sent by God as salvator mundi. Mainly Paul preached and practiced the conversion of pagans to Christianity, without obligating them to practice the Jewish law. In the course of time the baptized pagans represented the mainstream of Christianity which caused a conflict between them and those Jews who practiced the Jewish law but also believed in Jesus as the Messiah. The development of these tendencies is described in this book.

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1. Preface

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1.1. Introduction Christianity perceives itself as the legacy of Judaism. The books of the Hebrew Bible were included in the Christian Bible as the "Old Testament". This integra- tion extended even to the inclusion of 212 passages from the Hebrew Bible in the New Testament, some of which comprised several verses and some which were actually quoted several times over. As such, the Hebrew Bible became part of the Christian Bible, in the form of the "Old Testament". Marcion (85 - 144 AD) was a theologian, who was later branded a heretic and who wanted to drive a wedge between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels. He believed that the Old Testament should be rejected since it proclaimed an angry, just and ultimately »evil« god (the God of Creation, the Demiurge), who had nothing in common with the God of Love who was exulted in the New Tes- tament. Christ, who proclaimed this God of Love, had freed himself from the power of the Demiurge through his suffering in an illusory corporeal form (Do- cetism). This belief that the Jewish God was a vengeful, evil deity was subse- quently expounded repeatedly, although the Church always discouraged such teachings. If we strive to identify the difference between Christian religious belief and Judaism, it can be found in the contradictory perception of the person of Jesus. The issue that marked the beginning of the parting of the ways was the messian- ity of Jesus. We need to analyze the differing trends in...

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