Blind Spots

'Were the Popes Against the Jews?'

Tracking the Myths, Confronting the Ideologues
Justus George Lawler
Eerdmans, $35, 370 pp.

In his latest work, the scholar, translator, and editor Justus George Lawler poses the question in his title and answers it with a qualified yes, acknowledging that the popes were indeed against the Jews, specifically because of their alleged repudiation of Christ. “Their entire tradition,” writes Lawler, “was built on the belief that Judaism prepared the way for Jesus and his message, both of which the Jews had rejected.” This theological opposition, however, does not...

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About the Author

Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, is the James J. Kenneally Professor of History at Stonehill College.