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A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity

A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity

by Risa Levitt Kohn, Rebecca Moore


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A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity

Many Christians and Jews believe that their faiths developed independently from each other, and that their religions are distinct, even antagonistic towards each other. A Portable God dramatically departs from the idea that the birth of Judaism and Christianity are two separate, unrelated events. Judaism and Christianity's origins are not seen as following a linear, chronological process that places the Israelites in the beginning, followed by the Jews, and finally the Christians. On the contrary, A Portable God shows that both Judaism and Christianity emerge from the same religious tradition—that of ancient Israel—at the same time. By telling the common story of Jewish and Christian origins, A Portable God shows Jews and Christians as siblings, rather than as parent and child, showing that the similarities between Judaism and Christianity far outweigh their differences, ultimately fostering appreciation for the shared heritage of Judaism and Christianity.

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ISBN-13: 9780742544659
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Risa Levitt Kohn is professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism and director of the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. She has lectured extensively on the Hebrew Bible, Jewish and Christian Origins, and Judaism. Rebecca Moore is associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She teaches Christianity and New Testament and her research is on Jewish and Christian dialogue, particularly on issues of biblical commentary. Rebecca Moore's latest book is Voices of Christianity: A Global Introduction.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Biblical Studies is not Bible Study…and Vice Versa Chapter 3 Israelite Religion and Its Legacy Chapter 4 Hellenism and Apocalypticism: Globalization and Millennialism in a Different Era Chapter 5 Sects and the City Chapter 6 Communicating with God outside the Temple Walls Chapter 7 Where is God? Divine Presence in the Absence of the Temple Chapter 8 "By What Authority Do You Say This?" Interpretation, Authority and the Claim to Israel Chapter 9 The Question of the Messiah Chapter 10 Glossary

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