Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock

Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock

by Alan L. Berger, David Patterson, David P. Gushee, John Pawlikowski
     
 

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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

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557788566
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2008
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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