Before the Dawn: Autobiographical Reflections by Eugenio Zolli, Former Chief Rabbi of Rome

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This is the remarkable and inspiring story of how the famous and revered Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, became a Christian and entered the Catholic Church after World War II. Zolli was a world-renowned Jewish leader and Scripture & Talmudic scholar, and an authority on Semitic philology.

This classic work outlines the spiritual journey of Rabbi Zolli, through prayer, Scripture meditation and lived experience, from devout Judaism to Catholicism, and it stands as a ...

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Overview

This is the remarkable and inspiring story of how the famous and revered Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, became a Christian and entered the Catholic Church after World War II. Zolli was a world-renowned Jewish leader and Scripture & Talmudic scholar, and an authority on Semitic philology.

This classic work outlines the spiritual journey of Rabbi Zolli, through prayer, Scripture meditation and lived experience, from devout Judaism to Catholicism, and it stands as a wonderful testament to the spirit of man which is always restless until it rests fully in Christ Jesus. He did not abandon his Jewish heritage, but says he discovered the fullness of what God offered in Jesus and His Church. Zolli took the Christian name of Eugenio to honor Pope Pius XII (Eugenio was his baptismal name) for all he did to save Jews during WWII.

The highlights of his spiritual journey are covered in this book along with some marvelous insights by Rabbi Zolli on Judaism, mysticism, the Law, and the Gospel. Zolli speaks of his journey not as a betrayal of the Synagogue but as a completion and fulfillment, describing himself as becoming a "completed Jew" by recognizing Jesus Christ ("Rabbi Yeshua") as the Messiah and joining His Church. Zolli offers unique insights on the continuity between the Synagogue and the Catholic Church and many interesting insights into the Scriptures-including the New Testament-from an Orthodox Jewish perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586172879
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 647,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Forword by Roy Schoeman 7

Foreword to the First Edition 11

Introduction by A. B. Klyber 15

Author's Preface 23

Author's Note 25

Part I The Suffering Servant of God

1 Childhood Remembrances 29

2 The Stain and the Cross 41

3 The Sins of the World 51

4 He Calls Me 57

5 "Let All Creatures Know That You Have Made Them" 65

6 The Gospels 73

Part II Florence and Trieste

7 At the Rabbinical College and in the Rabbinate 81

8 The Gem Circled by a Crown 85

9 Conversion a Renewal 93

10 Before the Dawn 109

11 Is Conversion an Infidelity? 119

12 Was Christ a Hebrew according to the Flesh? 127

Part III Rome

13 Saint Paul's Conscience 137

14 History of the Jews of Rome, 1943-1944 145

15 The Americans 173

16 The Triumph of the Rising Sun 185

17 The Charity of Pope Pius XII 193

18 The Tears of the Saints 197

Appendix 205

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