An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations

An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations

by Edward Kessler
     
 

Relations between Christians and Jews over the past 2,000 years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians to the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of

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Relations between Christians and Jews over the past 2,000 years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians to the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together.

An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521705622
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Introduction to Religion Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Kessler is Founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths and Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. His books include A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Bound by the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

Timeline vii

Acknowledgements xvii

List of abbreviations xix

1 Introduction 1

2 The New Testament 25

3 The writings of the church fathers 45

4 The writings of the rabbis 65

5 Biblical interpretation: Another side to the story 81

6 Medieval relations 102

7 Antisemitism and the Holocaust 124

8 Zionism and the state of Israel 147

9 Covenant, mission and dialogue 170

10 Jewish-Christian relations and the wider interfaith encounter 191

Further reading 212

Glossary 226

Index 236

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