The Elder Brother: A Christian Alternative to Anti-semitism

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University Press of America, 2005 - Religion - 92 pages
The Elder Brother addresses the significant issue of anti-Semitism from a Christian perspective. Each of the book's chapters is based on a separate study that investigates the issues that obstruct inter-faith dialogue. Initially, the book addresses the motif of the elder brother as a representative of the Jewish people. Then, the parameters of the Christian faith are set forth in a direct manner. Also considered is the concept of a "chosen people" and the differences between normative Judaism and the "fifth sect," a designation recalling the Christian Movement before it was associated primarily with Gentiles. It concludes with an account of the Holocaust, a brief epilogue, and a short appendix concerning the troubling question: "Why the Jews?"
 

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Contents

A Bibical Motif
1
The Parameters
9
The Chosen
17
The Fifth Sect
25
No Other Name
33
The Promised Land
41
Pauline Texts
49
Normative Judaism
59
Sifting Through the Ashes
69
Epilogue
77
Why the Jews?
81
Endnotes
83
Bibliography
87
Index
91
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Morris A. Inch is Professor Emeritus at Wheaton College and author of Two Mosaic Motifs (University Press of America, 2003).

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