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Links between Judaism and Christianity: Rector Giles Fraser tells Matthew Sweet how a crisis led to discovering his Jewish roots

Links between Judaism and Christianity: Rector Giles Fraser tells Matthew Sweet how a crisis led to discovering his Jewish roots

FromArts & Ideas


Links between Judaism and Christianity: Rector Giles Fraser tells Matthew Sweet how a crisis led to discovering his Jewish roots

FromArts & Ideas

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Length:
46 minutes
Released:
Apr 28, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

From the Jewishness of the New Testament to attempts by 19th- and early 20th-century British Jews to blend in to Christian England, Giles Fraser shows how the two religions have a vexed history but are also surprisingly interconnected in his new book called Chosen. He also looks back at 2011, when the Occupy London took over the steps and surroundings of St Pauls and the resulting division in the church about how to react to this protest movement led him to leave his job and to a crisis of confidence.

Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London, and David Feldman, Professor of History and Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London, join Giles Fraser and Matthew Sweet to explore the degree to which you can emphasise similarities between Christianity and Judaism - what do you gain and what do you lose?

Producer: Eliane Glaser

You can find a playlist of programmes exploring religious belief on the Free Thinking website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03mwxlp which includes
Jonathan Freedland, Hadley Freeman, Howard Jacobson and Bari Weiss on Jewish Identity in 2020
Simon Schama and Devorah Baum on Jewish history and jokes
and Frank Skinner, Jeet Thayil and Yaa Gyasi on Writing about Faith
Released:
Apr 28, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode