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Title:
Christianity in Jewish terms
Author:
Frymer-Kensky, Tikva Simone.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxii, 438 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
What to seek and what to avoid in Jewish-Christian dialogue / David Novak -- Christian-Jewish interactions over the ages / Robert Chazen -- Judaism, Christianity, and partnership after the twentieth century / Irving Greenberg -- Christian theology after the Shoah / Christopher M. Leighton -- The God of Jews and Christians / Peter Ochs -- A Jewish view of the Christian God : some cautionary and hopeful remarks / David Ellenson -- God as Trinitarian : a Christian response to Peter Ochs / David Tracy -- Searching the Scriptures : Jews, Christians, and the book / Michael A. Signer -- The writings and reception of Philo of Alexandria / Hindy Najman -- Postmodern hermeneutics and Jewish-Christian dialogue : a case study / George Lindbeck -- Mitsvah / David Novak -- Another Jewish view of ethics, Christian and Jewish / Elliot N. Dorff -- Christian ethics in Jewish terms : a response to David Novak / Stanley Hauerwas -- Judaism and Christianity : covenants of redemption / Irving Greenberg -- Israel, Judaism, and Christianity / David Fox Sandmel -- Israel and the church : a Christian response to Irving Greenberg's covenantal pluralism / R. Kendall Soulen -- Jewish and Christian liturgy / Lawrence A. Hoffman -- Liturgy and sensory experience / Ruth Langer -- Christian worship : an affair of things as well as words / Robert Louis Wilken -- On the suffering of God's chosen : Christian views in Jewish terms / Leora Batnitzky -- Suspicions of suffering / Robert Gibbs -- The meaning and value of suffering : a Christian response to Leora Batnitzky / John C. Cavadini -- Judaism and incarnation : the imaginal body of God / Elliot R. Wolfson -- The Christian doctrine of the incarnation / Randi Rashkover -- Embodiment and incarnation : a response to Elliot Wolfson / Susan A. Ross -- How ought a Jew view Christian beliefs about redemption? / Menachem Kellner -- Redemption : what I have learned from Christians / Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer -- A Christian view of redemption / Clark Williamson -- "Turn us to you and we shall return" : original sin, atonement, and redemption in Jewish terms / Steven Kepnes -- Exile and return in a world of injustice : a response to Steven Kepnes / Laurie Zoloth -- The lamb of God and the sin of the world / Miroslav Volf -- The image : religious anthropology in Judaism and Christianity / Tikva Frymer-Kensky -- Tselem : toward an anthropopathic theology of image / David R. Blumenthal -- The image of God in Christian faith : vocation, dignity, and redemption / William Schweiker -- What of the future? : A Christian response / George Lindbeck -- What of the future? : A Jewish response / Tikva Frymer-Kensky ... [et al.].
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780813337807
Format :
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Summary

Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented shift in Jewish-Christian relations, including signs of a new, improved Christian attitude towards Jews. Christianity in Jewish Terms is a Jewish theological response to the profound changes that have taken place in Christian thought. The book is divided into ten chapters, each of which features a main essay, written by a Jewish scholar, that explores the meaning of a set of Christian beliefs. Following the essay is a response from a second Jewish scholar and a Christian scholar. Designed to generate new conversations within the American Jewish community and between the Jewish and Christian communities, Christianity in Jewish Terms lays the foundation for better understanding. It was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2001.


Author Notes

Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame. Tikva Frymer-Kensky is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. David Sandmel is the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore. Michael A. Signer is Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This book undertakes what the editors quite rightly characterize as something bold for Jews, namely, to take a second look at Christianity. Why a second look? Because Christianity's formerly negative approach to Judaism has shifted to a friendly one. The book has 13 chapters, including two introductory ones and an epilog. Ten different topics such as worship, suffering, redemption, sin and repentance, and the image of God are addressed by the ten middle chapters, which have three essays each. The first two essays are by Jewish scholars offering first the Jewish approach and then a way for Jews to understand the Christian approach to the given subject. Each final essay is a response from a Christian scholar. Notable is the introductory "Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity," with its eight points on how Jews and Christians might positively interrelate. An excellent, groundbreaking book; highly recommended.DJohn Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

For several decades, Christian theologians, responding to post-Shoah guilt, have been anxious to enter into dialogue with Judaism, but Jewish thinkers, for obvious reasons, have not been similarly compelled to think about Christianity. Now that we live in a post-Christian universe, many Jews feel more free to examine the Christian faith. This volume of essays is a scholarly extension of a public, Jewish statement on Christianity that was published in The New York Times in September 2000. It represents a seismic shift in Jewish-Christian dialogue. The ten chapters on key theological concepts consist of two Jewish views with a Christian response. The essays are so honest, lively, and original that they represent a virtual guidebook for the future of both Jewish and Christian theology. Stereotypes vanish, and while there is a recognition of historical horrors, there is no attempt to sacrifice fundamental beliefs in order to compensate for the past. A real conversation between these two faiths has finally begun. This book is one of the most important works in religion to be published in several years and should be in all academic libraries. Upper-division undergraduates and beyond; general public. S. H. Webb; Wabash College


Table of Contents

David NovakRobert ChazanIrving GreenbergChristopher M. LeightonPeter OchsDavid EllensonDavid TracyMichael A. SignerHindy NajmanGeorge LindbeckDavid NovakElliot N. DorffStanley HauerwasIrving GreenbergDavid Fox SandmelR. Kendall SoulenLawrence A. HoffmanRuth LangerRobert Louis WilkenLeora BatnitzkyRobert GibbsJohn C. CavadiniElliot R. WolfsonRandi RashkoverSusan A. RossMenachem KellnerNancy Fuchs-KreimerClark WilliamsonSteven KepnesLaurie ZolothMiroslav VolfTikva Frymer-KenskyDavid R. BlumenthalWilliam SchweikerGeorge LindbeckTikva Frymer-Kensky and David Novak and Peter Ochs and David Fox Sandmel and Michael A. Signer
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianityp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
1 Introduction: What to Seek and What to Avoid in Jewish-Christian Dialoguep. 1
2 Christian-Jewish Interactions over the Agesp. 7
3 The Shoah and the Legacy of Anti-Semitismp. 25
Judaism, Christianity, and Partnership After the Twentieth Centuryp. 25
Christian Theology After the Shoahp. 36
4 Godp. 49
The God of Jews and Christiansp. 49
A Jewish View of the Christian God: Some Cautionary and Hopeful Remarksp. 69
God as Trinitarian: A Christian Response to Peter Ochsp. 77
5 Scripturep. 85
Searching the Scriptures: Jews, Christians, and the Bookp. 85
The Writings and Reception of Philo of Alexandriap. 99
Postmodern Hermeneutics and Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Case Studyp. 106
6 Commandmentp. 115
Mitsvahp. 115
Another Jewish View of Ethics, Christian and Jewishp. 127
Christian Ethics in Jewish Terms: A Response to David Novakp. 135
7 Israelp. 141
Judaism and Christianity: Covenants of Redemptionp. 141
Israel, Judaism, and Christianityp. 159
Israel and the Church: A Christian Response to Irving Greenberg's Covenantal Pluralismp. 167
8 Worshipp. 175
Jewish and Christian Liturgyp. 175
Liturgy and Sensory Experiencep. 189
Christian Worship: An Affair of Things as well as Wordsp. 196
9 Sufferingp. 203
On the Suffering of God's Chosen: Christian Views in Jewish Termsp. 203
Suspicions of Sufferingp. 221
The Meaning and Value of Suffering: A Christian Response to Leora Batnitzkyp. 229
10 Embodimentp. 239
Judaism and Incarnation: The Imaginal Body of Godp. 239
The Christian Doctrine of the Incarnationp. 254
Embodiment and Incarnation: A Response to Elliot Wolfsonp. 262
11 Redemptionp. 269
How Ought a Jew View Christian Beliefs About Redemption?p. 269
Redemption: What I Have Learned from Christiansp. 275
A Christian View of Redemptionp. 285
12 Sin and Repentancep. 293
"Turn Us to You and We Shall Return": Original Sin, Atonement, and Redemption in Jewish Termsp. 293
Exile and Return in a World of Injustice: A Response to Steven Kepnesp. 305
The Lamb of God and the Sin of the Worldp. 313
13 Image of Godp. 321
The Image: Religious Anthropology in Judaism and Christianityp. 321
Tselem: Toward an Anthropopathic Theology of Imagep. 337
The Image of God in Christian Faith: Vocation, Dignity, and Redemptionp. 347
Epilogue: Concluding Visionsp. 357
What of the Future? A Christian Responsep. 357
What of the Future? A Jewish Responsep. 366
Notesp. 375
Glossaryp. 403
Selected Bibliographyp. 409
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 413
Indexp. 417

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