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An Unusual RelationshipEvangelical Christians and Jews$
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Yaakov Ariel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770689

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770689.001.0001

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The Roots and Early Beginnings of the Evangelical-Jewish Relationship

The Roots and Early Beginnings of the Evangelical-Jewish Relationship

(p.15) 1 The Roots and Early Beginnings of the Evangelical-Jewish Relationship
An Unusual Relationship

Yaakov Ariel

NYU Press

This chapter recounts the history of Protestant interest in Jews in the modern era, particularly the precedents and inspirations that have offered a model for evangelical interaction with the Jews. Protestant reformers re-evaluated the Christian position toward the Jews, at times following traditional Christian perceptions, and at other times questioning them, renewing their views on Judaism and its position in relation to Christianity. They took a renewed interest in the Jews and in the Hebrew Bible. Some of them, including Martin Luther himself, participated in the Hebraist tradition of the Renaissance and at times developed an appreciation of postbiblical Jewish texts. It was within the ranks of Protestantism, both in the radical left wing of the Reformation and among the mainline thinkers, that a new appreciation developed toward the Jews.

Keywords:   Protestantism, Jews, Protestant reformers, Christianity, Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Hebraist Renaissance, Jewish texts

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