David Robles put an important question in a comment, and I make an own post about it. He asks:
I have a question, please. In your book “Roots of Theological anti-Semitism”, do you approach the subject of anti-Semitism in the Orthodox Church, particularly in Russia and Greece? Is the charge of anti-semitism against such as Dr. Nikolai Velimirovich (who was a bishop in the Serbian Church), warranted? Were some of the Church Fathers anti-semitic?
the scope of my book Roots of theological anti-Semitism is only German Protestant theology and the Jews from 1738 to 1950. It was enough for one book, almost 700 pages … =/. The question you ask is certainly important, and I think our Russian, Serbian and Greek orthodox friends should look at it, since it takes the knowledge of those languages to investigate it.
As for whether it is anti-Semitic or not, I think terminology is a key question. I have only hesitantly used the term anti-Semitism, since it is ambiguous and and the same time loaded – a bad combination indeed… I define theological anti-Semitism as “where it is thought that the Jews are inferior in a permanent
and ineradicable way, and where this is used to dominate, exclude, or (legitimate people to) eliminate Jews because they are Jews,” building on Fredrickson’s definition of racism. However, anti-Judaism is often preparatory to anti-Semitism; I call it a præparatio antisemitica. We would definitely find a massive anti-Judaism if exploring Roman-Catholic and Orthodox tradition (the former is better researched than the latter).
As for whether the Church Fathers are anti-Semitic, the questions needs clarification. We can never look at the Church Fathers as a body, but as individual theologians and spiritual leaders. There are dreadful examples of what I would regard as anti-Semitic in some Fathers, and some of the people we build on – and should continue building on – have a blind spot here. I can recommend a great book that explains how the Apologetes got to create theology which disregarded Jews and Judaism, , R. Kendall Soulen. The God of Israel and Christian theology. Fortress Press, 1996.
I think a great research project would be to look at these diverse church traditions and the Jews 1750–1950 and beyond.