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An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations


Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Author: Edward Kessler, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge
  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705622

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  • Relations between Christians and Jews over the past two thousand years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences.

    • First accessible survey of Jewish-Christian relations
    • Discusses the contribution of Jewish scholars to the study of the New Testament
    • Explores aspects of the Jewish-Christian dialogue in the context of other inter-religious relationships
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a scholarly publication, supported by a further reading list, a glossary and a comprehensive index.' Methodist Recorder

    'The invaluable work of the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic faiths, and in particular its director, Edward Kessler, has borne some fruit in Kessler's admirable An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations.' Jewish Chronicle

    'Thank goodness … for writers such as Edward Kessler. His Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations is a strikingly thoughtful and thought-provoking guide. It is an ambitious attempt to explore the relationship between Christians and Jews over the whole of the past 2000 years - and, what is more, to offer some sense of how this might work out in the future.' Church Times

    'Kessler shines in these pages as a master teacher, and this sensitive treatment should be read widely, not only by students but also by anyone interested in Jewish-Christian relations, whether clergy, layperson or secular Westerner.' Theology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705622
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. New Testament
    3. The writings of the Church Fathers
    4. The writings of the rabbis
    5. Biblical interpretation: another side to the story
    6. Medieval relations
    7. Antisemitism and the Holocaust
    8. Zionism and the State of Israel
    9. Covenant, mission and dialogue
    10. Jewish-Christian relations and the wider interfaith encounter

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Christian Jewish Relations
    • History of the Jewish People ll
    • Is Jewish-Christian Dialogue Possible?
    • Jewish Christian Relations
    • Jewish and Christian Relations Throughout the Ages
    • Jewish-Christian Relations
    • Jews and Christians After Christendom
  • Author

    Edward Kessler, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge
    Edward Kessler is Founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths and Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. His books include A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2005) and Bound by the Bible (Cambridge, 2004).

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