Susannah Drake

Slandering the Jew

Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts

University of Pennsylvania Press 2013

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In Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), Susannah Drake, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at...

In Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), Susannah Drake, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College, investigates the representations of Jewish sexuality in early Christian writings.  She argues that there was a close connection between accusations of Jews’ sexuality/carnality and their misguided textual interpretation.  We can learn from this ancient case study about the ways in which the representation of a group as sexually heretical is used to justify the use of force against that group.

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