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Jewish perspectives on Christianity : Leo Baeck, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Will Herberg, and Abraham J. Heschel
Rothschild, Fritz A.
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New York : Crossroad, 1990.
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x, 363 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

What should the relationship be between Christianity and Judaism? In his opening remarks in this book, editor Rothschild agrees with Catholic theologian Bernhard Caspar that the time is right for dialogue between Christians and Jews. Accordingly, he has gathered essays from five of the best Jewish thinkers of this century. Each man is introduced by a Christian authority on his thought and represents a particular Jewish outlook upon the essence of Christianity. Among the topics covered by particular essays are the person and significance of Jesus, the polarity of law and gospel, the place of the Hebrew Bible in Christianity, and the role of the church as the New Israel. An important contribution in ecumenism for religions. Bibliography; index. --Mary Deeley

Library Journal Review

Rothschild provides a general introduction directed primarily toward convincing Jews of the importance of interfaith dialog with Christians. Unavailable or untranslated writings of five important Jewish thinkers who dialoged with Christianity in the 20th century are introduced by Christian scholars, who thereby continue the dialog. Both for scholars in each religion and for informed laypersons, this book contributes to greater mutual understanding and deeper consideration of what common belief in a God revealed through history implies. Highly recommended for academic, seminary, and large public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The theological causes and implications of the fateful split between Judaism and Christianity is a topic of perennial interest to thinkers of both faiths. This anthology, edited by Fritz Rothschild (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), brings together substantial excerpts on the relation between Judaism and Christianity culled from the works of five leading Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. Introductions to these thinkers have been contributed by five currently active Christian scholars. This interreligious dimension enhances the book's potential to advance Jewish-Christian dialogue. The introductory essays are, however, somewhat uneven in quality, ranging from J. Louis Martyn's incisive summary, analysis, and critique of Leo Baeck's writings on Christianity to Bernhard Anderson's sketchy remarks on Will Herberg. Rothschild's general introduction and editorial decisions are judicious. Few would quarrel with the thinkers and texts he has included. Baeck, Buber, Rosenzweig, and Heschel are giants of modern Jewish thought; and although Herberg is of lesser stature, his influential discussions of the complementarity of Judaism and Christianity justify his inclusion in this volume. Strongly recommended to all libraries supporting study of Christianity and/or Judaism. -S. Gowler, Wofford College