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23 January 2009


Jesus the Jew - preview

It wasn’t as controversial or provocative as the promotion suggested but Reg Snowdon finds a new television series interesting and informative

Jesus the Jew, part one of Christianity: a History
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  • ‘Jesus the Jew’, the first episode in a new TV series, only partly lived up to the expectations aroused by its advance publicity – that is, it was only partly provocative and partly controversial
  • It was provocative to those unaware of the results of New Testament criticism over the last two hundred years but not to anyone else
  • And it was controversial to those similarly unaware of the ghastly anti-Semitic history of Christian Europe
  • Anyone whose misfortune it is to have read, however little, in these arcane fields of study will almost certainly have remained unprovoked and unhappily in agreement with the on-screen argument

  • Reg Snowdon

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