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Has God only one blessing? : Judaism as a source of Christian self-understanding
Boys, Mary C.
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New York : Paulist Press, [2000]

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vi, 393 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Are we rivals for God's love? Dramatic changes in theological thought about Judaism have not yet filtered down to most Christians. This compelling book puts the academic scholarship into an accessible narrative form. Foremost, the book challenges Christians to re-examine their traditional belief that Christianity has fulfilled and therefore replaced Judaism. It also details the anti-Jewish bias in history, literature and liturgy, yet does it without reducing such attitudes to simplistic hate. An eye-opening read, Has God Only One Blessing?-- --summarizes the Church's shared history with Judaism, Church treatment of Jews over time, and its role in the Holocaust. --suggests more sensitive and productive ways for Christians to relate to Jews today --shows how encounters with Judaism affect the way Christians think, teach, and preach about life Both absorbing and enjoyable, this book is for-- o DREs o adult ed classes o catechists o religious educators o pastoral staff o liturgy committees o preachers o church historians o interfaith workers o all serious Christians o and also all serious Jews,

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Library Journal Review

Desiring to improve Jewish-Christian relations, Boys (practical theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York) provides both an ideological foundation for dialog and suggestions for church practice, emphasizing the Catholic experience. Notably, she offers a schematic description of how Christianity became distinct from Judaism and makes suggestions for Catholic liturgy about bridging the gap by changing how certain scriptures are read during the church calendar. Uniquely offering scholarship on many complex questions in one source, Boys also provides a valuable collocation of church policies. Books like Philip A. Cunningham's Education for Shalom (Liturgical Pr., 1995) or Helen P. Fry's Christian-Jewish Dialogue (Exeter Univ., 1996) focus on practical or theoretical discussion, respectively. Boys successfully marries the two, digging deep to propose applications of theological ideas. Though she builds her points well, she struggles with the broad spectrum of scholarly views or ideological backgrounds needed to explain them. Scholars will likely agree with her ideas while sensing that that they don't require the comprehensive scholarly underpinnings she attempts to supply. With lengthy endnotes and a bibliography, this is explicitly addressed to religious educators and theological students. Recommended for academic libraries with specialized theological collections.--Marianne Orme, West Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.