An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations by Edward Kessler

By Edward Kessler

Family among Christians and Jews during the last thousand years were characterized to an excellent volume via mutual mistrust and by way of Christian discrimination and violence opposed to Jews. In contemporary many years, despite the fact that, a brand new spirit of debate has been rising, starting with an awakening between Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and inspiring students of either traditions to interact. An advent to Jewish-Christian kinfolk sheds clean gentle in this ongoing interfaith come upon, exploring key writings and topics in Jewish-Christian background, from the Jewish context of the hot testomony to significant occasions of contemporary occasions, together with the increase of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the production of the country of Israel. This available theological and old learn additionally touches on a number of comparable components corresponding to Jewish and interfaith experiences, philosophy, sociology, cultural reviews, diplomacy and the political sciences

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Popular prejudice was reinforced by accusations of ‘blood libel’ (the accusation that Jews kill a young Christian boy and use his blood in the ritual preparation of unleavened bread or matzah for Passover), which originated in England with the case of William of Norwich in . In  massacres of Jews occurred in several cities, most notably in York at Clifford’s Tower, and in  Edward I expelled all Jews from the realm. Despite the expulsion, some Marranos came to Britain and Shakespeare’s Shylock was perhaps modelled on one of them.

Others saw it as vital testimony to the truth of Christian faith as God’s fulfilment of the promises to biblical Israel. In the Adversus Iudaeos (‘against the Jews’) writings of early church theologians, as we shall see later, the distinction between Christian and Jewish understandings of key biblical texts becomes a defining characteristic of Christian self-understanding. The early Church distinguished between those elements of the Old Testament that continued to carry force after the coming of Christ and those that were no more than a shadow.

Has studied textbooks used in Catholic schools and religious education programmes and has also written concise introductions to the Sunday readings (following the Roman Catholic lectionary). Mary Boys (b. ) has tackled specific implications of Jewish–Christian dialogue (traditionally dominated by male voices) for Christian education and biblical studies. Her most important work, Has God Only One Blessing? (), addresses Christian supersessionism and suggests new ways for the Christian message to be proclaimed without anti-Judaism.

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