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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 are responses 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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Editorial Reviews

Commonweal
...to be applauded and appreciated.
SIDIC
...contributes in a creative manner to the Christian-Jewish covenantal relationship and it is our hope that its continued reflection will illuminate the unique character and message of the interfaith relationship.
National Catholic Reporter
...marks one of the first serious and systematic attempts by Jewish scholars to grapple with the theological mystery that is Christianity.
Choice
This book is one of the most important works in religion to be published in several years and should be in all academic libraries.
Syndicated Columnist Harriet P. Gross
The intent and structure of this book are as important as its excellent contents.
First Things
An invaluable gathering of fourteen essays, with multiple responses, by Jewish and Christian scholars...an indispensable volume for those who would, two thousand years after Paul's letter to the Romans, understand the continuing promise and perplexities of the mystery of living Judiasm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813365725
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/19/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.03 (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, David Novak
2. Christian-Jewish Interactions over the Ages, Robert Chazan
3. The Shoah and the Legacy of Anti-Semitism
Judaism, Christianity, and Partnership After the Twentieth Century, Irving Greenberg,
Christian Theology After the Shoah, Christopher M. Leighton
4. God
The God of Jews and Christians, Peter Ochs
A Jewish View of the Christian God: Some Cautionary and Hopeful Remarks, David Ellenson
God as Trinitarian: A Christian Response to Peter Ochs, David Tracy
5. Scripture
Searching the Scriptures: Jews, Christians, and the Book, Michael A. Signer
The Writings and Reception of Philo of Alexandria, Hindy Najman
Postmodern Hermeneutics and Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Case Study, George Lindbeck
6. Commandment
Mitsvah, David Novak
Another Jewish View of Ethics, Christian and Jewish, Elliot N. Dorff
Christian Ethics in Jewish Terms: A Response to David Novak, Stanley Hauerwas
7. Israel
Judaism and Christianity: Covenants of Redemption, Irving Greenberg
Israel, Judaism, and Christianity, David Fox Sandmel
Israel and the Church: A Christian Response to Irving Greenberg's Covenantal Pluralism, R. Kendall Soulen
8. Worship
Jewish and Christian Liturgy, Lawrence A. Hoffman
Liturgy and Sensory Experience, Ruth Langer
Christian Worship: An Affair of Things as well as Words, Robert Wilken
9. Suffering
On the Suffering of God's Chosen: Christian Views in Jewish Terms, Leora Batnitzky
Suspicions of Suffering, Robert Gibbs
The Meaning and Value of Suffering: A Christian Response to Leora Batnitzky, John C. Cavadini
10. Embodiment
Judaism and Incarnation: The Imaginal Body of God, Elliot R. Wolfson
The Christian Doctrine of the Incarnation, Randi Rashkover
Embodiment and Incarnation: A Response to Elliot Wolfson, Susan A. Ross
11. Redemption
How Ought a Jew View Christian Beliefs About Redemption? Menachem Kellner
Redemption: What I Have Learned from Christians, Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
A Christian View of Redemption, Clark Williamson,
12. Sin and Repentance
“Turn Us to You and We Shall Return": Original Sin, Atonement, and Repentance in Jewish Terms, Steven Kepnes
Exile and Return in a World of Injustice: A Response to Steven Kepnes, Laurie Zoloth
The Lamb of God and the Sin of the World, Miroslav Volf
13. Image of God
The Image: Religious Anthropology in Judaism and Christianity, Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Tselem: Toward an Anthropopathic Theology of Image, David R. Blumenthal
The Image of God in Christian Faith: Vocation, Dignity, and Redemption, William Schweiker
Epilogue: Concluding Visions
What of the Future? A Christian Response, George Lindbeck
What of the Future? A Jewish Response, Tikva Frymer-Kensky, David Novak, Peter Ochs, David Fox Sandmel, Michael A. Signer
Notes
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
About the Editors and Contributors
Index
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Author Biography: 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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