John Paul II and the Jewish People: A Christian-Jewish Dialogue

John Paul II and the Jewish People: A Christian-Jewish Dialogue

by David G. Dalin
     
 
The twentieth century will forever be marked by the horrific event of the Shoah, which the future John Paul II witnessed during the Nazi occupation of Poland. This book reflects upon his achievements in improving relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people and continues the theological and philosophical dialogue that he cherished. As Dostoevsky warned

Overview

The twentieth century will forever be marked by the horrific event of the Shoah, which the future John Paul II witnessed during the Nazi occupation of Poland. This book reflects upon his achievements in improving relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people and continues the theological and philosophical dialogue that he cherished. As Dostoevsky warned before the horrors of the twentieth century: "without God, anything is permitted." Following John Paul II, we discover that our search for meaning and truth is one that needs to be undertaken arm in arm.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742559981
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.72(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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