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I have found that there is tremenous ignorance about Judaism among the Christian Clergy, I even found mistakes about Judaism in Stephen Prothero's book, Religious Literacy. The knowledge of Judaism of most Clergypeople begins and ends with the "Old Testament." There is no knowledge of Midrash, Talmud, or centuries of Biblical commentaries.

There is also a tremendous misunderstanding of Judaism during the time of Jesus. They have no idea who the Pharisees really were and what they really stood for. I was once again reminded of this by lsitening to the program on Evangelicals and Politics. The Pharisees were deeply and genuinely religious men. They wanted to sanctify everyday life. They were mystics and scholars. They were not all rich. They were not hypocrites only concerned with law.