Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

I remember once defending the doctrine of divine immutability to a renowned New Testament scholar at an academic conference. I was a graduate student at the time, and had not yet decided that I would work on Augustine’s biblical exegesis for my dissertation. No doubt exasperated by my argumentation, and perhaps uncomfortable that I did not yet know that such conferences are not meant for actual theological conversation, he pulled out the ultimate trump card. “The anti-Semitism of the church fathers inclines me to mistrust them on pretty much everything.” I did what graduate students do before esteemed professors: I shut up.

 

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