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Jewish DogsAn Image and Its Interpreters$
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Kenneth Stow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752817

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.001.0001

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(p.158) Seven Denouement
Jewish Dogs
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By the sixteenth century, the Jews had revised their perception of Christians. The Catholic Church had to permanently keep Judaism apart from the living Jews, and this it did by expanding ghettoization. As a result, it was able to sustain its vision of “carnal Judaism,” achieve ecclesiastical purity, and avoid pollution initiated by contact with Jewish impurity. The ecclesiastical bulwark became possible because of blood libels, accusations of ritual murder, and Host libels, the perpetual vision of the corrupting Jew. By the later decades of the twentieth century, however, the ecclesiastical bulwark eventually gave way to thinking like that of the modern Bollandists. Such thinking also did not succeed completely; this can be attributed to the fact that St. Paul's vision of Christian (social) oneness in Christ through the wine and the bread remains the core of Christianity, and especially Catholicism.

Keywords:   Jews, Christians, Judaism, Christianity, ghettoization, purity, ritual murder, blood libels, Bollandists, Catholic Church

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