John Paul Ii And The Jewish People

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The twentieth century will forever be marked by the horrific event of the Shoah. As a young man, the future John Paul II witnessed this horror during the Nazi occupation of Poland. His pontificate achieved a number of groundbreaking steps in the Catholic Church's relationship with the Jewish people. This book both reflects upon John Paul II's achievements, and seeks to continue the theological and philosophical dialogue that he cherished. By examining together the words and deeds of John Paul II, eminent Jewish and Catholic scholars exemplify in this volume the dialogue that John Paul fostered. Together, Jews and Catholics can encourage each other in the tasks of knowing the Creator, living a life worthy of the created dignity that human beings possess, and defending the vulnerable among us. As Dostoevsky warned before the horrors of the twentieth century, without God, anything is permitted. Following in the footsteps of John Paul II, we discover that our search for meaning and truth is one that needs to be undertaken arm-in-arm. Contributors include Hadley Arkes, David G. Dalin, Robert P. George, Matthew Levering, Bruce Marshall, David Novak, Michael Novak, Gregory Vall, and George Weigel.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan D. Sarna
Jews remember Pope John Paul II as the pope who considered Jews “elder brothers,” appreciated the significance of the Shoah, recognized Israel, and did more to repair Catholic-Jewish relations than any of his predecessors. This volume documents and analyzes the Pontiff’s remarkable relationship with the Jewish people. Its chapters, written by leading Catholic and Jewish thinkers, exemplify inter-religious dialogue at its best.
Thomas G. Weinandy
Brotherly relations between Jews and Christians are essential in our world today where strife and discord among various religions so prevails. This book is, then, a substantial, timely and welcomed contribution that positively advances this fraternal dialogue between Jews and Christians today.
Gary Anderson
The deep respect and even admiration that many Jewish persons have expressed for the papacy of John Paul II is grounded in his tireless efforts to mend the terrible wound of Christian anti-Semitism. In this volume the reader is granted an in depth account of what animated the thought of this remarkable Pope. For his love for the Jewish people was not an idiosyncrasy of his own person but an expression of what he believed was a deep, but sadly obscured, truth of the Christian faith.
Reverend Richard John Neuhaus
This remarkable book exemplifies the wisdom of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who said, ‘Interfaith dialogue begins with faith.’ In these pages, the deepest differences are not ignored but respectfully engaged and imaginatively explored.
December 2008 American Catholic Studies
These essays ask the right questions and probe for satisfying answers.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This is an important tribute to the late Pope, who exemplified amity and respect between irreducible claims of Jews and Catholics to heal centuries of teaching of contempt and suspicion.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
This is an important tribute to the late Pope, who exemplified amity and respect between irreducible claims of Jews and Catholics to heal centuries of teaching of contempt and suspicion.
First Things
A valuable book of essays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559998
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Dalin is an ordained rabbi and professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida. Matthew Levering is associate professor of theology at Ave Maria University in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: Historical Reflections Chapter 4 Chapter 1: John Paul II: A Biblical Pilgrim in the World Chapter 5 Chapter 2: David G. Dalin Part 6 Part II: Ethical Reflections Chapter 7 Chapter 3: John Paul II and the Moral Ground of the Polis: Reclaiming the Jewish-Catholic Ground Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Natural Law and Divine Command: Some Thoughts on Veritatis Splendor Chapter 9 Chapter 5: The Asymmetrical Relation: Novak and Novak Part 10 Part III: Biblical-Systematic Reflections Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Reclaiming God's Providence: John Paul II and the Holy Land Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Elder Brothers: John Paul II's Teaching on the Jewish People as a Question to the Church Chapter 13 Chapter 8: "Man Is the Land": The Sacramentality of the Land of Israel

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