Saturday, May 07, 2005


1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 is rightly troubling to any non-bigot. It is vital to remember that all the people Paul describes as being persecuted by 'the Jews' -- Jesus, the prophets, Paul himself and his companions -- were themselves Jews and would not have thought of themselves as anything else. Paul draws an explicit parallel between the Judaean Christians' persecution by their fellow Jews and the Thessalonian Christians' persecution by their fellow Greeks. It seems to me that these verses are meant to address the common situation of Christians being rejected by their own people, and are not a wholesale indictment of the Jews. Nonetheless, this is a dangerous passage when taken out of context.


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