Anti-Semitism in the Scriptures

Anti-Semitism in the Scriptures Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon point to ‘the Jews” as responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Historically, such interpretations have contributed to persecution and pogroms ranging from the crusades to the Holocaust. Were these scriptural authors really “anti-Semitic”? Or are we reading them out of context? And how does this fit with our overall understanding of the gospel and the scriptures? As reactions to the building of the BYU Jerusalem Center has shown, Mormons are vulnerable to the charge of anti-Semitism. Are we guilty?

Keith E. Norman