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Be Fair to the Pharisees: Guarding Against Anti-Jewish Attitudes

In the fall of 1997, I began a graduate program in Bible at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of the things that surprised me in studying the Bible with rabbinical students was the degree to which they perceived the New Testament to be fundamentally anti-Jewish. As an orthodox Christian, I found it troubling to hear the teachings of Jesus described as 'anti-Jewish' and as contributing factors to Jewish suffering. Jesus' teachings in Matthew 23

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