Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship: New Insights into its History and Interaction

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Presenting new insights into the history and interaction between Jewish and Christian liturgy and worship, the various contributions offer a deeper understanding of the identity of Judaism and Christianity. It addresses issues such as:

- Is the Eucharistic Prayer a ‘Berakha’ and what information is available for the reconstruction of the history of the Jewish ‘Grace after Meals’?
- How does Jewish liturgy rework the Bible, and are Christians and Jews using similar methods when they create liturgical poetry on the basis of a biblical text?
- Which texts of the Cairo Genizah are of direct importance for the history of Christian liturgies, and are Christian creeds in fact Prayers or Hymns?
- What does it mean that both Jews and Christians recite Isaiah's "Holy, Holy, Holy" at important points in their respective liturgies?

Questions like these brought together scholars and specialists from different disciplines to share their recent insights at a conference in Aachen, Germany, and to offer the reader a fascinating discourse on a broad range of aspects of Jewish and Christian liturgies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004162013
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Series: Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series , #15
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Gerhards (1951) is Professor for Liturgical Studies in Bonn, Germany. His range of publications covers topics pertaining to the major epochs of the history of Christian liturgies as well as liturgical theology, art, music and Jewish-Christian relations.
Clemens Leonhard (1967) is Professor for Liturgical Studies in Münster, Germany, and is involved in projects related to the liturgy and thought of Christianity and Judaism in Late Antiquity.
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Table of Contents

Introduction   Albert Gerhards   Clemens Leonhard     3
Jakob J. Petuchowski (1925-1991): Rabbi, Scholar, Ecumenist   Hans Hermann Henrix     7
Crossing Borders. The Kedusha and the Sanctus: a Case Study of the Convergence of Jewish and Christian Liturgy   Albert Gerhards     21
Liturgical Poetry
The Meaning of the Cairo Genizah for Students of Early Jewish and Christian Liturgy   Stefan C. Reif     43
Biblical Texts in Jewish Prayers: Their History and Function   Ruth Langer     63
Parashat 'Asser Te'asser' in Piyyut and Piyyut Commentary   Elisabeth Hollender     91
Developments within the Statutory Text of the Birkat ha-Mazon in Light of its Poetic Counterparts   Avi Shmidman     109
Observations on the Relationship Between JPA Poetry and the Hebrew Piyyut Tradition-The Case of the Kinot   Michael Rand     127
What Jacob Actually Wrote about Ephraim   Andrew Palmer     145
Theology and History
Reflections on the Exploration of Jewish and Christian Liturgy from the Viewpoint of a Systematic Theology of Liturgy   Stephan Wahle     169
Ethiopian Anaphoras. Status and Tasks in Current Research Via an Edition of the Ethiopian Anaphora of the Apostles   Reinhard Mebner   Martin Lang     185
Early Eucharist in Transition? A Fresh Look at Origen   Harald Buchinger     207
The Creed in the Liturgy: Prayer or Hymn?   Wolfram Kinzig     229
Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity
The Ancestors' Prayers for the Salvation of Israel in Early Rabbinic Thought   Uri Ehrlich     249
King Solomon and Psalms 72 and 24 in the Debate Between Jews and Christians   Marcel Poorthuis     257
Parody and Polemics on Pentecost: Talmud Yerushalmi Pesahim on Acts 2?   Daniel Stokl-Ben Ezra     279
The Roots of the Early Christian Eucharist: Jewish Blessings or Hellenistic Symposia?   Gerard Rouwhorst     295
Blessings over Wine and Bread in Judaism and Christian Eucharistic Prayers. Two Independent Traditions   Clemens Leonhard     309
Index of Names     327
Index of Subjects     331
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