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Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews

Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews

by Kevin Madigan, Jon D. Levenson
     
 

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This book, written for religious and nonreligious people alike in clear and accessible language, explores a teaching central to both Jewish and Christian traditions: the teaching that at the end of time God will cause the dead to live again. Although this expectation, known as the resurrection of the dead, is widely understood to have been a part of

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This book, written for religious and nonreligious people alike in clear and accessible language, explores a teaching central to both Jewish and Christian traditions: the teaching that at the end of time God will cause the dead to live again. Although this expectation, known as the resurrection of the dead, is widely understood to have been a part of Christianity from its beginnings nearly two thousand years ago, many people are surprised to learn that the Jews believed in resurrection long before the emergence of Christianity. In this sensitively written and historically accurate book, religious scholars Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson aim to clarify confusion and dispel misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus, and Christian origins.

Madigan and Levenson tell the fascinating but little-known story of the origins of the belief in resurrection, investigating why some Christians and some Jews opposed the idea in ancient times while others believed it was essential to their faith. The authors also discuss how the two religious traditions relate their respective practices in the here and now to the new life they believe will follow resurrection. Making the rich insights of contemporary scholars of antiquity available to a wide readership, Madigan and Levenson offer a new understanding of Jewish-Christian relations and of the profound connections that tie the faiths together.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Religious scholars Madigan and Levenson (Harvard Univ.) have written a thoroughly researched and fully detailed treatment of resurrection in biblical antiquity. In 13 chapters, they weave a fine narrative focused on the idea of death. The resulting discussions are interpretations of death through a history of Jewish and Christian perceptions and understandings of resurrection stemming from Daniel 12:1-3. The authors cover a wide range of subjects, from eschatology and Sheol to heaven and hell, and they consider a broad range of texts, including the Gnostic gospels, the New Testament, rabbinic texts, and early Christian literature-all while maintaining the theme of God's ultimate power and the redemptive spirit of each religious tradition. Though intended for lay readers, the book is at times somewhat dense and academic, yet we are given a well-thought-out and scripted conclusion suggesting that the differences and similarities between Judaism and Christianity must each be recognized in their own right. Could be beneficial for prompting interfaith discussions between Jewish and Christian groups; recommended for theological and church libraries.
—Anthony J. Elia

Commonweal

"Cogent and accessible. . . . The deft historical arguments of Resurrection will draw adherents of both [Christianity and Judaism] to explore their ''neglected continuity.''"—Michael Peppard, Commonweal

— Michael Peppard

First Things

"In Resurrection, Madigan and Levenson provide a unique and groundbreaking entry into the concept of resurrection. As such the book is truly a landmark work."—Gary A. Anderson, First Things

— Gary A. Anderson

The Christian Century

"An important, even urgent book that comes with vigor and passion."—Walter Brueggemann, The Christian Century

— Walter Brueggemann

Jewish Book World

"Provides subtle readings of important biblical passages relating to life and death, and is extremely helpful to anyone looking to understand resurrection and immortality in Judaism."—Jewish Book World

Jonathan Klawans

“This book brims with provocative insights and reveals many connections between the well-known Christian faith in resurrection and lesser known or previously unnoticed precedents and parallels in Jewish thought, the Hebrew Bible, and cognate literature.”—Jonathan Klawans, Boston University

Matthias Henze

"This is a gem of a book. Jon Levenson and Kevin Madigan address and correct a number of widely held misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus, and Christian origins, which continue to distort Jewish-Christian relations to this day."—Matthias Henze, Rice University

Gary A. Anderson

"In Resurrection, Madigan and Levenson provide a unique and groundbreaking entry into the concept of resurrection. As such the book is truly a landmark work."—Gary A. Anderson, First Things

Richard J. Mouw

“This marvelous study of the resurrection of the body offers us the very best of Jewish and Christian scholarship on the two traditions, resulting in a book that will surely become the standard work on the subject for Jews and Christians alike—and indeed for all who want insight into our shared hope for a life beyond the grave.”—Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

Richard J. Clifford

“Two Harvard scholars, one Jewish and the other Catholic, have co-authored this superb and readable treatment of a core belief in Judaism and Christianity—resurrection—and suggest how belief in resurrection can change one’s life.”—Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

David L. Tiede

“How did Roman era Jews and Christians learn to trust God's faithfulness to raise the dead? Resurrection is a luminous scriptural story, beautifully told by Madigan and Levenson.” —David L. Tiede, Augsburg College

Walter Moberly

“Accessible and engaging for the non-specialist, yet also with nuggets for the expert, Madigan and Levenson wonderfully clarify the biblical meaning of resurrection and illuminate both Christian and Jewish faiths.”—Walter Moberly, Durham University

Commonweal - Michael Peppard

"Cogent and accessible. . . . The deft historical arguments of Resurrection will draw adherents of both [Christianity and Judaism] to explore their 'neglected continuity.'"—Michael Peppard, Commonweal

The Christian Century - Walter Brueggemann

"An important, even urgent book that comes with vigor and passion."—Walter Brueggemann, The Christian Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300151374
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
797,566
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.40(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Madigan is professor of the history of Christianity, Divinity School, Harvard University. His previous books include The Passions of Christ in the High Middle Ages. Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Divinity School and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. He is the author of Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, published by Yale University Press.

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