Common Ground: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together


Together they show that differences in responses to scripture enrich the possibilities of biblical renewal.
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Together they show that differences in responses to scripture enrich the possibilities of biblical renewal.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What happens when two of the most prolific religion scholars in America sit down and, together, read sacred texts (some of which they have in common) of their different religions? Will they engage in a genuine dialogue? Or will their readings devolve into a kind of one-upsmanship in which each scholar shows off his own intellectual capacities in defending his traditions? In Common Ground, a revised and updated edition of their The Bible And Us (Warner, 1990), Catholic sociologist and novelist Greeley and Jewish rabbinical scholar Neusner do a little of both. The book is structured like a conversation in which one scholar introduces a topic and the other responds to the former's reading. Thus, Greeley explores the life of Jesus through a reflection on His words, deeds, historicity, etc. Neusner then responds by demonstrating the traditional Christian misreadings of Jesus' Jewishness that have fostered anti-Semitism. Greeley's readings, as in his Harold Robbins-like novels, are preoccupied with sexuality, while Neusner's are more balanced and reflect a more sophisticated interpretative mind. While there are moments of significant dialogue here, the overall impression is one of two showmen barking their wares at a religion sideshow. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534476
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew M. Greeley is a priest, distinguished sociologist, journalist, and best-selling author. He is also professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and a research associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martin E. Marty Marty, Martin E.

Introduction Reading Scripture Together

1 Neusner: How a Rabbi Reads the Torah 1

2 Greeley: How a Priest Reads the Bible 6

3 Neusner: Is Not My Word like Fire? 12

4 Neusner: Beginning "In the Beginning" 21

5 Greeley: The Lovers in the Song-Creation 30

6 Neusner: God and Israel-the Lovers 44

7 Neusner: Let Us Make Man 48

8 Neusner: Adam, Where Are You? 56

9 Greeley: Adam 67

10 Neusner: "I Regret That I Made Them," but Noah Found Favor 77

11 Greeley: Noah 86

12 Neusner: And Abram Put His Faith in the Lord 92

13 Greeley: Abraham 102

14 Neusner: The Abraham of the Bible and the Abraham of the Torah 108

15 Neusner: "Take Your Son, Your Favored One, Isaac" 110

16 Neusner: "Then Jacob Made a Vow" 124

17 Neusner: "I the Lord Am Your God Who Brought You Out of the Land of Egypt" 135

18 Neusner: The Ten Commandments 147

19 Greeley: Moses, Our Rabbi 159

20 Greeley: The Faithless Bride-Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel 167

21 Greeley: Who Is Lady Wisdom! 177

22 Neusner: The Prophets 186

23 Greeley: Jesus - What He Said 195

24 Greeley: Jesus - What He Did 204

25 Greeley: Jesus - Who He Was 213

26 Greeley: Women and Jesus 220

27 Neusner: Jesus 228

28 Greeley: Saint Peter 240

29 Greeley: Saint Paul and the Gentiles 249

30 Neusner: Paul 257

31 Greeley: Mary, Jesus' Mother and Ours 266

32 Neusner: Mary - Can She Be Jewish Too? 277

33 Neusner: Is God Male or Fernnle? 284

34 Greeley: The Womanliness of God 294

35 Neusner: What Judaism Can Teach Christianity aboutReading Scripture 299

36 Neusner: Thinking About "the Other" in Religion - It Is Necessary, but Is It Possible? 306

37 Neusner: Can Christianity and Judaism Conduct Dialogue? Yes, Says the Rabbi - Six Years Later 313

38 Greeley: This Time the Rabbi Is Right! 320

General Index 325

Index to Biblical and Talmudic References 333

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