Reading List: The History of Jewish Difference and Anti-Judaism as Ideology by Mika Ahuvia

On October 4, 2020, Mika Ahuvia gave the first lecture in the series Lessons (Not) Learned from the Holocaust, entitled “The History of Jewish Difference and Anti-Judaism as Ideology.” Recommended readings from that lecture are listed below.


Baker, Cynthia M. Jew. Rutgers University Press, 2017.

Batnitzky, Leora. How Judaism became a religion: An introduction to modern Jewish thought. Princeton University Press, 2013.

Fredriksen, Paula. Augustine and the Jews: A Christian defense of Jews and Judaism. Yale University Press, 2010.

Fredriksen, Paula. From Jesus to Christ: the origins of the New Testament images of Christ. Yale University Press, 2000.

Fredriksen, Paula. When Christians were Jews: the first generation. Yale University Press, 2018.

Gager Jr, John G. Who made early Christianity? The Jewish lives of the Apostle Paul. Columbia University Press, 2015.

Kraemer, Ross Shepard. The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity: What Christianity Cost the Jews. Oxford University Press, USA, 2020.

Modrzejewski, Joseph. The Jews of Egypt: From Rameses II to Emperor Hadrian. Jewish Publication Society, 1995.

Nirenberg, David. Anti-Judaism: the Western Tradition. WW Norton & Company, 2013.

Pianko, Noam. Jewish Peoplehood: An American Innovation. Vol. 6. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Rossing, Barbara R. The Rapture Exposed: The message of hope in the Book of Revelation. Da Capo Press, Incorporated, 2005. (Useful to understand radical yet popular Christian interpretations about endtimes, Jews, rapture, etc.)

Van Der Horst, Pieter Willem, ed. Philo’s Flaccus: The First Pogrom. Brill, 2003.

Weitzman, Steven. The origin of the Jews: the quest for roots in a rootless age. Princeton University Press, 2019.