Christianity in Jewish Terms

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Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented shift in Jewish–Christian relations, including signs of a new, improved Christian attitude towards Jews. Christianity in Jewish Terms is a Jewish theological response to the profound changes that have taken place in Christian thought. The book is divided into ten chapters, each of which features a main essay, written by a Jewish scholar, that explores the meaning of a set of Christian beliefs. Following the essay is a response from a second ...

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Overview

Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented shift in Jewish–Christian relations, including signs of a new, improved Christian attitude towards Jews. Christianity in Jewish Terms is a Jewish theological response to the profound changes that have taken place in Christian thought. The book is divided into ten chapters, each of which features a main essay, written by a Jewish scholar, that explores the meaning of a set of Christian beliefs. Following the essay is a response from a second Jewish scholar and a Christian scholar. Designed to generate new conversations within the American Jewish community and between the Jewish and Christian communities, Christianity in Jewish Terms lays the foundation for better understanding. It was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2001.

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This book undertakes what the editors quite rightly characterize as something bold for Jews, namely, to take a second look at Christianity. Why a second look? Because Christianity's formerly negative approach to Judaism has shifted to a friendly one. The book has 13 chapters, including two introductory ones and an epilog. Ten different topics such as worship, suffering, redemption, sin and repentance, and the image of God are addressed by the ten middle chapters, which have three essays each. The first two essays are by Jewish scholars offering first the Jewish approach and then a way for Jews to understand the Christian approach to the given subject. Each final essay is a response from a Christian scholar. Notable is the introductory "Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity," with its eight points on how Jews and Christians might positively interrelate. An excellent, groundbreaking book; highly recommended.--John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Ten chapters continue the present encouraging Christian-Jewish dialogue, featuring a main essay by a Jewish scholar on Judaism's view of Christianity from the biblical to the post-Holocaust era, with respective responses by a Jewish and a Christian scholar. Includes a glossary of religious terms. The editor teaches Hebrew Bible at the U. of Chicago Divinity School. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813337807
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/21/2000
  • Series: Radical Traditions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: What to Seek and What to Avoid in Jewish-Christian Dialogue 1
2 Christian-Jewish Interactions over the Ages 7
3 The Shoah and the Legacy of Anti-Semitism 25
Judaism, Christianity, and Partnership After the Twentieth Century 25
Christian Theology After the Shoah 36
4 God 49
The God of Jews and Christians 49
A Jewish View of the Christian God: Some Cautionary and Hopeful Remarks 69
God as Trinitarian: A Christian Response to Peter Ochs 77
5 Scripture 85
Searching the Scriptures: Jews, Christians, and the Book 85
The Writings and Reception of Philo of Alexandria 99
Postmodern Hermeneutics and Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Case Study 106
6 Commandment 115
Mitsvah 115
Another Jewish View of Ethics, Christian and Jewish 127
Christian Ethics in Jewish Terms: A Response to David Novak 135
7 Israel 141
Judaism and Christianity: Covenants of Redemption 141
Israel, Judaism, and Christianity 159
Israel and the Church: A Christian Response to Irving Greenberg's Covenantal Pluralism 167
8 Worship 175
Jewish and Christian Liturgy 175
Liturgy and Sensory Experience 189
Christian Worship: An Affair of Things as well as Words 196
9 Suffering 203
On the Suffering of God's Chosen: Christian Views in Jewish Terms 203
Suspicions of Suffering 221
The Meaning and Value of Suffering: A Christian Response to Leora Batnitzky 229
10 Embodiment 239
Judaism and Incarnation: The Imaginal Body of God 239
The Christian Doctrine of the Incarnation 254
Embodiment and Incarnation: A Response to Elliot Wolfson 262
11 Redemption 269
How Ought a Jew View Christian Beliefs About Redemption? 269
Redemption: What I Have Learned from Christians 275
A Christian View of Redemption 285
12 Sin and Repentance 293
"Turn Us to You and We Shall Return": Original Sin, Atonement, and Redemption in Jewish Terms 293
Exile and Return in a World of Injustice: A Response to Steven Kepnes 305
The Lamb of God and the Sin of the World 313
13 Image of God 321
The Image: Religious Anthropology in Judaism and Christianity 321
Tselem: Toward an Anthropopathic Theology of Image 337
The Image of God in Christian Faith: Vocation, Dignity, and Redemption 347
Epilogue: Concluding Visions 357
What of the Future? A Christian Response 357
What of the Future? A Jewish Response 366
Notes 375
Glossary 403
Selected Bibliography 409
About the Editors and Contributors 413
Index 417
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