Goldhagen is a (former) Harvard professor. He has a very negative view of the New Testament and even describes it as the fundamental source of all antisemitism over the last 2,000 years. Though I do not agree with Goldhagen’s assessment of the New Testament, his book is one of the best available treatments on the new “global antisemitism” that plagues the modern world. Antisemitism is resurging with a vengeance around the world and probably coming to a theatre near you. No one shows that we cannot afford to ignore this problem better than Goldhagen.
2. When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God by Joel Richardson
This is the only book on my list written by an evangelical. When a Jew Rules the World is in my opinion the best introduction for a popular audience on topics ranging from “the new antisemitism,” to Israel in Bible prophecy, to Church history etc. One of the strengths of this book is that it is not only a summation of historical facts but a pastoral call to action for the Church. Richardson astutely argues that the Body of Christ must prepare herself to stand with Israel and the Jewish people in what will inevitably be dark days ahead.
3. The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism by Edward H. Flannery
This is the most systematic and scholarly treatment of the three. Flannery goes step by step through the Greco-Roman period, Church history, the Middle Ages, Nazism, Communism and beyond. Still only 300 pages, this is the concise yet thorough volume for those who really want to get a birds eye view of antisemitism over the last 2,000 years. I know of no better historical survey of antisemitism that has been published to date.