RS 401: Selected Topics

Introduction to Antisemitism: a historical survey of key texts and moments from Augustine to Luther


What is antisemitism? The term itself was coined in the late nineteenth century, but when does the phenomenon begin? Is it the same or different from “anti-Judaism”? Should we spell it “anti-Semitism” or “antisemitism”? Beginning with these basic questions we will focus on the particular role Christianity has played in developing and sustaining antisemitism in Europe.