Many of the liturgical texts and writings of the Fathers thought to be anti-semitic by Jews are not against Jews as a people, but against Judaism
This really can't be true.
“The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are lecherous, greedy, rapacious. They are perfidious murderers of Christ. They worship the Devil. Their religion is a sickness. The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christians may never cease vengeance, and the Jew must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews. It is essential that all Christians hate them.”
- St Ambrose
“Where Christ-killers gather, the cross is ridiculed, God blasphemed, the father unacknowledged, the son insulted, the grace of the Spirit rejected. . . .If the Jewish rites are holy and venerable, our way of life must be false. But if our way is true, as indeed it is, theirs is fraudulent. I am not speaking of the Scriptures. Far from it!.. I am speaking of their present impiety and madness.”
"Although such beasts are unfit for work, they are fit for killing. And this is what happened to the Jews: while they were making themselves unfit for work, they grew fit for slaughter. This is why Christ said: "But as for these my enemies, who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and slay them"
- St. John Chrysostom
Even worse, comments from Luther:
Therefore the blind Jews are truly stupid fools...
Accordingly, it must and dare not be considered a trifling matter but a most serious one to seek counsel against this and to save our souls from the Jews, that is, from the devil and from eternal death. My advice, as I said earlier, is:
First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire...
Second, that all their books-- their prayer books, their Talmudic writings, also the entire Bible-- be taken from them, not leaving them one leaf, and that these be preserved for those who may be converted...
Third, that they be forbidden on pain of death to praise God, to give thanks, to pray, and to teach publicly among us and in our country...
Fourth, that they be forbidden to utter the name of God within our hearing. For we cannot with a good conscience listen to this or tolerate it...
Yeah sure, keep telling yourself that urging all Christians to hate Jews, calling their religion "a sickness", claiming they worship Satan, calling them "Christ-killers"(it disgusts me to even type that term...), calling them "stupid fools", saying that Jews are worthy of being killed, and advocating the burning of synagogues is "anti-Judaism", but not "anti-Jew".
Christianity has a history of Jew-hatred. It's no secret, it's a dirty part of our history but there's absolutely no sense in covering it up. As I've proven above, some of our faith's most respected leaders hated the Jews.
It's pretty obvious that the teaching of the church at one point condoned the hatred of Jews. Can you show me any saint or bishop from the early Christian period who condemned Jew-hatred? I'm not challenging you or anything, I would actually be very happy and relieved to see such a thing.
The ultimate question is, what role does the Bible have in this obvious anti-Jewish sentiment that was so prevalent in early Christianity?
It just discomforts me whenever I see in the Gospels: "the Jews" did this... "the Jews" did that...
Am I reading something into the text that isn't there? Was early Christian anti-Jewish sentiment primarily a cause of culture and ignorance, or was this sentiment present among the Gospel writers and promoted in their writings?