Christian Tradition, Study Guide

Judaism and Early Christian Anti-Judaism

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Important people, terms, and concepts; know their significance for Christianity




Epistle of Barnabas

Melito of Sardis


main elements of Judaism

Early Christian anti-Judaism


Study questions for class

Ehrman writes in his introduction to the Epistle of Barnabas that for the author of the text, “the Old Testament is a Christian, not a Jewish book, and it is Christians, not Jews, who are the people of God.” What examples from the actual text can you find to explain what he means?









How does Melito justify his accusation that Jews are God-killers? 







Why is Melito's accusation problematic?  Why is this accusation important to understand?







Why do early Christian writers spend so much time talking about Judaism?  Why does this matter?




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