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  •  I don't think it's as rare as in your experience-- (8+ / 0-)

    I'd certainly come across the phrase before, and yes, it was in the context of how superior christianity is to judaism. And also how certain forms of christianity are superior to others, of course (with a subtext of 'we're the real followers of christ because').  

    The 'legalistic' thing also has a long theological history, often concerning delegitimizing all of judaism that isn't contained in the christian version of the shared texts.

    It's often not so much 'antisemitism' as most people these days understand it, but a deeply (christian) culturally embedded anti-judaizing -- suppressing the ways of understanding those texts (and everything else in the world) that don't match the church's (whichever church) approach.

    Though I suspect most people who use the term intend it as a way to criticize christian fundamentalists, conveniently without having to criticize christianity (its ideals, expectations, world view) itself. Or, of course, our common culture that's still very much based on christian ways of thinking...

    •  But it's a contradiction! (2+ / 0-)
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      librarisingnsf, CroneWit

      The people who misuse the term "Old Testament" to slander Jewish law are usually Christian fundamentalists themselves!

      So why should enlightened progressives adopt the term themselves in order to criticize misguided Christian fundamentalists???

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