First of all, we don’t forget centuries of discrimination and extermination. Anti-Semitism is ingrained and would re-emerge during a crisis of Western societies.

There is, however, an opportunity for rapprochement. The New Testament presents ample evidence that Jesus was a Jewish teacher, rather than the conscious founder of a new religion. In the Gospel of Matthew, which is attributed to a Jewish apostle and ostensibly closest to the facts, Jesus repeatedly urges observance of the law, and even accuses the Pharisees of insufficiently zealous observance despite their generally correct teaching. The Church has historically glossed over Jesus’ explicit pronouncements in favor of Judaism. Modern Christians read the Bible rather than listening to clerical exegeses, and come much closer to Judaism than their ancestors, who often knew Christianity only from their pastor’s diatribes.

Christian abrogation of Jewish law is rooted in the Acts and Pauline epistles rather than the Gospels. Jesus’ own words carry higher authority. Paul’s position that the mystical law of faith supersedes all other laws proved impractical—societies have to be explicitly regulated, and love for Jesus proved to be a vague guideline. The Church never embraced Paul’s rejection of Jewish law, but arbitrarily dropped kosher laws and circumcision while preserving most other biblical regulations. Modern concern for animal suffering could lead some Christians to positively re-evaluate kosher laws as laid down in the Torah, rather than the Talmudic elaboration. Circumcision is commonly practiced in Christian countries.

John Chrysostom admitted that large numbers of Christians frequented synagogues (Adversus Judaeos 8.4). Jews and Christians held very good relations from the mid second century—when Christianity parted with Judaism and ceased to be a missionary threat—and the fourth century, or possibly even later, when Christianity started to oppress Judaism. The Church’s hostile attitude toward Judaism was dictated by political expediency: the existence of Jews challenged the truth of Christianity. If, however, Christianity is a messianic offshoot of Judaism, rather than a separate religion that makes Judaism obsolete, then Christians have every reason to cooperate with Jews, and no theological reason to oppose us.

Face it: devout Christians are closer to Judaism than are many Reformist rabbis and leftist Jews.