The relationship between Jews and Christians in the 4th century was greatly complicated. Christians, known as Judaizers, greatly admired the Jews. However, some Christian leaders such as Chrysostom and Ambrose spoke harshly of the Jews and saw them as a threat to the Church.
Photo of the Reliquary of the Maccabean martyrs by Hans Peter Schaefer.
John Chrysostom, “Eight Homilies Against the Judaizing Christians”
Ambrose’s letter to Theodosius on the destruction of the synagogue at Callinicum
Ambrose’s letter to Marcellina about confronting Theodosius over the synagogue at Callinicum
Michael J. Petrin, “Justifying the Cult of the Macabeean Martyrs”
Margaret Schatkin, “The Maccabean Martyrs”, Vigiliae Christianae, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 97-113.
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