Christians & Jews: Combatting Contempt


"The worst deed of the Jewish people, the murder of the Messiah, resulted in the greatest blessings for mankind," says a widely used Roman Catholic text book, reflecting what has been for centuries a commonplace of Christian thinking. The teaching not only fosters anti-Semitism but also is historically wrong, according to a new book called The Teaching of Contempt (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; $4), by the late French-Jewish Historian Jules Isaac.

Isaac turned to the critical study of anti-Semitism during World War II, when his wife and daughter were killed...

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