Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock

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Jews and Christians are bound by an intimacy unprecedented in the history of religions; Jesus, Mary, Paul, and the first apostles were Jewish. Theologically, Christianity needs Judaism. But the relationship between the two religions is fundamentally asymmetrical. John Roth succinctly states the theological imbalance: Nothing in Jewish life logically or theologically entails Christian existence. Christian life, however, does depend essentially on Jewish life. Christianity makes no sense, it would not even exist, ...

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Overview

Jews and Christians are bound by an intimacy unprecedented in the history of religions; Jesus, Mary, Paul, and the first apostles were Jewish. Theologically, Christianity needs Judaism. But the relationship between the two religions is fundamentally asymmetrical. John Roth succinctly states the theological imbalance: Nothing in Jewish life logically or theologically entails Christian existence. Christian life, however, does depend essentially on Jewish life. Christianity makes no sense, it would not even exist, if the world contained no Jewish history. Given this intimate connection, one might assume that dialogue between the two religions would come naturally. The opposite, however, is the case. Authentic Jewish-Christian dialogue is a new historical phenomenon whose birth is directly related to the horror and shame of the Holocaust. From the ashes of the death camps there emerged an ember of hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788566
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Patterson holds the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies at The University of Memphis. A winner the Koret Jewish Book Award, he has published more than two dozen books, including Open Wounds, Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought, Along the Edge of Annihilation, Sun Turned to Darkness, When Learned Men Murder , Pilgrimage of a Proselyte , The Shriek of Silence (1992), In Dialogue and Dilemma with Elie Wiesel , and others. He is the editor and translator of the English edition of The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 The Symptoms of a Malady 35

3 Historical Considerations from a Jewish Perspective 69

4 Theological Issues 101

5 Can There Be a Jewish-Christian Dialogue after Auschwitz? 143

6 Dialogue in Action 183

7 Conclusion 249

Endnotes 265

Bibliography 283

Index 303

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