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An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations
Kessler, Edward

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 pp. xviii + 243. $29.99


Description: Relations between Christians and Jews over the past two thousand years have been characterised to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity

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Review by D. Andrew Kille
Published 1/13/2011
Citation: D. Andrew Kille, review of Edward Kessler, An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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