I simply wrote ('Is there or isn't there? The infernal question', 15 December), uncontroversially as I thought, that it 'derived from its Jewish origins', and I later gave evidence for this. Where else could it have come from? Jesus was a Jew, and primitive Christianity began life as a sect within Judaism.
It may be unpalatable to some Christians to have to admit that many of its beliefs derive from Jewish sources. It may be unpalatable to some Jews that this kind of thing is found in Jewish sources. Both happen to be true. It is sad that Mr Maccoby should write about a 'familiar pattern of prejudice whereby everything unpleasant in Christianity is blamed on Judaism'. I write as a Jewish Christian, and I despair of any understanding between the two faiths unless both parties stop trading insults and together pursue the truth.
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