‘Ungrateful Jews’: The Roman Empire and early Christian anti-Semitism

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Abstract / Description of output

Vette traces the anti-Semitic image of the ‘ungrateful Jew’ through its usage in early Christian literature to its origin in the imperial rhetoric of the first-century CE. Vette describes how imperial rhetoric employs racial stereotypes to demarcate dominator and dominated, thereby inscribing hierarchy and difference. Then, as now, gratitude can become weaponized in the service of Empire; but as the first-century Jewish author CE Josephus explains, gratitude can also disrupt imperial discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Theology of Gratitude
Subtitle of host publicationChristian and Muslim Perspectives
EditorsMona Siddiqui, Nathanael Vette
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781009198431
ISBN (Print)9781009198400
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • ingratitude
  • anti-Semitism
  • early Christianity
  • The Book of Acts
  • Josephus
  • colonial criticism


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