By Phyllis Goldstein
A handy Hatred chronicles a truly specific hatred via strong tales that permit readers to work out themselves within the tarnished replicate of background. It increases vital questions about the implications of our assumptions and ideology and the methods we, as members and as individuals of a society, make differences among "us" and "them," correct and incorrect, solid and evil. those questions are either common and specific.
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Nonetheless, Nock distinguishes among prophetic religions on the basis of the scope of their prophetic vision; that is, like Tiele’s ethical religions, prophetic religions differ as to whether they are universal or restricted to a particular group/people. In this way, he distinguishes Judaism from Christianity. Nock sees Judaism as having universal potential but primarily restricted in practice to one people. 90 For Nock, it is not prophetic vision per se that makes Christianity separate from Judaism, but rather its fully actualized universal scope.
67 Like Romans, early Christians do not view descent as a bar to (or a precondition of) becoming Christian; nonetheless, Christians also develop and ritually elaborate claims of primordial descent as a basis for defining the Christian community. 68 Finally, I want to address the “avoid race because it’s noxious” argument. Some classicists, such as Jonathan Hall, acknowledge the similarity between contemporary views of race as a socially constructed category and his deﬁnition of ancient ethnicity.
41 Jordan does not say that scholars cannot redeﬁne race, but he questions whether readers will take up such alternative interpretations of race. He makes an important point about the pernicious effects of associating race in particular with immutability—a problem he thinks ethnicity can potentially avoid. In the rest of this section, I respond to these concerns with three main points. First, I am not convinced by the way that most scholars differentiate “race” from “ethnicity” to justify the exclusion of “race” for historical analysis.
A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein