oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - The hermeneutical dilemma behind 'anti-Judaism' in the New Testament : an evangelical perspective

Volume 20, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



In this contribution the hermeneutical problem of 'anti-Judaism' in relation to the New Testament is approached from an Evangelical perspective. The term 'anti-Judaism' is especially problematic in the light of the hermeneutical distance between the Ἰουδαῖοι of the New Testament and contemporary Judaism. The main questions asked are whether the New Testament can be free of 'anti-Judaism' and whether there is room in prevalent New Testament scholarship for an Evangelical approach to this topic. The concepts of both fulfilment and replacement, which play an integral part in attempting to answer these questions, are identified as integral to the New Testament. The latter conclusion is reached from an overview of various New Testament texts with a focus on the Pauline literature. The conclusion is reached that there are instances in the New Testament where a stand is taken against Ἰουδαῖοι, yet not as distinct from other people, but as part of an element of judgment against all sinful people, which is inherent in the gospel.

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