- Pathfinder

Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Alie Brand

Jesus was Jewish; His audience was Jewish; His interactions with Jews were like internal, family discussions; and the New Testament was written by Jewish authors.

Early Christianity was very Jewish. Probably the turning point was in AD 312 when Constantine becomes a Christian; so does the Roman Empire, and Christianity severed from its Jewish roots, becomes anti-Jewish. The Holocaust: attempted genocide of the Jews could not have happened without centuries of Christian antisemitism.

But today more and more Christians recognize the modern-day restoration of Jews to their homeland as an act of God in fulfillment of God’s promises in the covenants. Jews and Christians are learning how to relate in a sincere, honest and respectful way.