[W]hat the reader finds is a fresh argument based upon rhetorical analysis that builds upon Reinhartz’s previous work and is likely to persuade many to her position that anti-Judaism is part of the constitutive fabric of the Gospel. . . . I approached reading this work as both a compliant reader, insofar as I have great respect for Adele Reinhartz’s work, and a resistant reader, insofar as I was not ready to let go of the hope that John’s anti-Jewish tenor could be defused. I must, however, concede that Reinhartz’s analysis of Johannine rhetoric and her propulsion theory makes sense, not just of bits and pieces of the Gospel, but of the entire fabric of it. I can find no loose threads with which to unravel it. The task at hand now is to acknowledge this anti-Judaism forthrightly when I study, preach, and teach from this Gospel.
Cast Out of the Covenant is a devastatingly compelling book. . . . meticulously argued, coherently structured, and written with clarity. Indeed, the overall presentation of this book is delightful. Even my students who are not familiar with the style of academic monographs found the book engaging. This book serves as a useful introduction to anti-Jewish rhetoric, several important Johannine themes and passages, and the complexities of translating Ioudaioi. It is a superb introduction to Christian supersessionism and the so-called “parting of the ways.” Importantly, it meets readers in the present as it continues an important thread in Jewish-Christian dialogue. . . . Cast Out of the Covenant showcases a rare honesty in both voice and approach. Reinhartz bridges (in a few crucial ways) the usual distance between scholar and scholarship. She invites the reader toward her research with determined vulnerability.