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Jewish Dogs: An Image and Its Interpreters

Kenneth Stow


This is not a study of “anti-Semitism” or “anti-Judaism.” Instead, this book argues that to anchor claims of supersession, Catholics have viewed Jews as metaphoric—and sometimes not so metaphoric—dogs. The dog has for millennia been the focus of impurity, and Catholicism fosters doctrines of physical purity that go hand in hand with those of ritual purity. The purity is that of the “one loaf” spoken of by St. Paul in Corinthians, which is, at once, the Eucharist and the collective Christian Corpus, the body of the faithful. Paul views this “loaf” as physically corruptible, and as John Chrysost ... More

Keywords: supersession, Catholics, Jews, dogs, impurity, Catholicism, purity, loaf, St. Paul, Corinthians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804752817
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Stow, author