Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions

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Peter Ochs, William Stacy Johnson
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 15, 2009 - Religion - 277 pages
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Over three years of study and fellowship, sixteen Muslim, Jewish, and Christian scholars sought to answer one question: “Do our three scriptures unite or divide us?” They offer their answers in this book: sixteen essays on how certain ways of reading scripture may draw us apart and other ways may draw us, together, into the source that each tradition calls peace. Reading scriptural sources in the classical and medieval traditions, the authors examine how each tradition addresses the “other” within its tradition and without, how all three traditions attend to poverty as a societal and spiritual condition, and what it means to read scripture while facing the challenges of modernity. Ochs and Johnson have assembled a unique approach to inter-religious scholarship and a rare look at scriptural study as a pathway to peace.

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About the author (2009)

Peter Ochs is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the Society for Textual Reasoning (studies in Jewish textuality and philosophy) and the Society for Scriptural Reasoning (fellowships of inter-Abrahamic scriptural study and interpretation). Among his books are Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews; Peirce, Pragmatism and the Logic of Scripture; Textual Reasonings (co-edited with Nancy Levene); and Renewing the Covenant (with Eugene Borowitz).

William Stacy Johnson is Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, Johnson, who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, has authored and edited a number of books, including H. Richard Niebuhr: Theology, History,and Culture (Yale University Press, 1996), The Mystery of God: Karl Barth and the Postmodern Foundations of Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997), A Time to Embrace: Same-gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (Eerdmans, 2006), and John Calvin, Reformer for the Twenty-First Century (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

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