Christians & Jews Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011 - Religion - 267 pages
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In time for Pope Francis's new initiatives. We now have the potential to end two thousand years of hostility--will we succeed? New in paperback!

With keen wisdom and a masterful understanding of history, Rabbi James Rudin, an acclaimed authority in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, provides the context necessary for Christians and Jews to recognize the critical challenges posed by the past--and the future--of their two religions.

Spanning twenty centuries of controversy, horror and promise, Rudin's narrative examines:

  • The sources of both conflict and commonality between the two religions

  • The need to address and redress past wrongs

  • The agenda required to create a shared future free of bigotry

It includes proven approaches for successful interreligious dialogues, including tips on session organization, project ideas and a discussion guide to enhance Christians' and Jews' knowledge of each other.

 

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Contents

Whats in a Name? Hebrews Israelites or Jews?
1
Jews Greeks and Romans
7
The Worlds Longest Running Religious Debate Begins
17
The Controversial Apostle to the Gentiles
43
Jews and Christians Take Separate Paths to God
57
Why Old Testament Is Not a Term of Endearment
65
The Poisoned Branches of Pauls Good Olive Tree
83
Mission Witness and Conversion
113
O Jerusalem Three Faiths but Only One Jerusalem
133
Why There Is Only One Holocaust
149
The Meaning of Modern Israel for Christians and Jews
167
Interreligious Relations Is Now a ThreeWay Intersection
183
We Are Prisoners of Hope
215
Discussion Guide
233
Suggestions for Further Reading
253
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Rabbi James Rudin , an international leader in interreligious relations, was a member of the American Jewish Committee's (AJC) professional staff for thirty-two years, where he served as interreligious affairs director. He is currently the AJC's senior interreligious adviser. Rabbi Rudin participated in eleven meetings with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. He is a prolific author and a columnist for the Religion News Service, a syndicate of Newhouse Newspaper, and has published articles in the New York Times , the Los Angeles Times , the Christian Century , National Catholic Reporter and Christianity Today. Among his books is Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel. Rabbi Rudin is a frequent guest on television and radio programs.Rabbi James Rudin is available to speak on the following topics:Christians and Jews: The Unfinished Agenda A Jewish Perspective on Jesus Myths and Realities about Jews and Evangelicals The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us The Different Meanings of the Term "Israel" for Christians and Jews

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