Stories Have Consequences

Christ Killers
The Jews and the Passion from the Bible to the Big Screen
Jeremy Cohen
Oxford University Press, $29.95, 336 pp.

Has any relationship between world faiths been more fraught with ambivalence than that between Christians and Jews? Christian identity contains within it a unique challenge, in that it both rests on, and derives from, Jewish identity. As a result, Judaism simultaneously grounds and undermines Christian life, pushing Christianity toward two opposite claims: either to supersede Judaism, or to negate it. The first claim implies an...

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About the Author

Ernest Rubinstein is the theology librarian at Drew University and the author of Religion and the Muse: The Vexed Relation between Religion and Western Literature (SUNY Press, 2007).

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