In time for Pope Francis's new initiatives. We now have the potential to end two thousand years of hostility—will we succeed? New in paperback!
With keen wisdom and a masterful understanding of history, Rabbi James Rudin, an acclaimed authority in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, provides the context necessary for Christians and Jews to recognize the critical challenges posed by the past—and the future—of their two religions.
Spanning twenty centuries of controversy, horror and promise, Rudin’s narrative examines:
The sources of both conflict and commonality between the two religions The need to address and redress past wrongs The agenda required to create a shared future free of bigotry
It includes proven approaches for successful interreligious dialogues, including tips on session organization, project ideas and a discussion guide to enhance Christians’ and Jews’ knowledge of each other.
Rabbi James Rudin, an international leader in interreligious relations, was a member of the American Jewish Committee's (AJC) professional staff for thirty-two years, where he served as interreligious affairs director. He is currently the AJC's senior interreligious adviser. Rabbi Rudin participated in eleven meetings with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. He is a prolific author and a columnist for the Religion News Service, a syndicate of Newhouse Newspaper, and has published articles in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Century, National Catholic Reporter and Christianity Today. Among his books is Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel. Rabbi Rudin is a frequent guest on television and radio programs.
Rabbi James Rudin is available to speak on the following topics:
Christians and Jews: The Unfinished Agenda A Jewish Perspective on Jesus Myths and Realities about Jews and Evangelicals The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us The Different Meanings of the Term "Israel" for Christians and Jews
Acknowledgments xi 1. What's in a Name? Hebrews, Israelites, or Jews? 1 2. The Ancient Big Three: Jews, Greeks, and Romans 7 3. The World's Longest Running Religious Debate Begins 17 4. Saul, Call Me Paul: The Controversial Apostle to the Gentiles 43 5. The Partings of the Way: Jews and Christians Take Separate Paths to God 57 6. Why "Old Testament" Is Not a Term of Endearment 65 7. Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism: The Poisoned Branches of Paul’s "Good Olive Tree" 83 8. Mission, Witness, and Conversion 113 9. O Jerusalem! Three Faiths but Only One Jerusalem 133 10. Why There Is Only One Holocaust 149 11. The Meaning of Modern Israel for Christians and Jews 167 12. Proceed with Caution: Interreligious Relations Is Now a Three-Way Intersection 183 13. We Are Prisoners of Hope 215 14. A User’s Guide to Christian-Jewish Relations 225 Discussion Guide 233 Notes 237 Suggestions for Further Reading 253 Index 262
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