By Edward Kessler
Kin among Christians and Jews over the last thousand years were characterized to a good volume by way of mutual mistrust and via Christian discrimination and violence opposed to Jews. In fresh many years, although, 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 family sheds clean mild in this ongoing interfaith stumble upon, exploring key writings and issues in Jewish-Christian heritage, from the Jewish context of the recent testomony to significant occasions of contemporary instances, together with the increase of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the production of the nation of Israel. This available theological and ancient learn additionally touches on quite a few comparable parts akin to Jewish and interfaith reports, philosophy, sociology, cultural experiences, diplomacy and the political sciences
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An ecumenical American scholars’ group repeated these assertions and affirmed the redemptive power of God’s enduring covenant with the Jewish people (A Sacred Obligation, ). As the post-Second World War reassessment of Christian attitudes towards Judaism accelerated and became more widespread, it began to have an impact on Jewish attitudes and contributed to a reassessment of Christianity among Jews. This eventually resulted in the publication of Dabru Emet in , a document that explored the place of Christianity in Jewish terms.
And the radical Jewish theologian Marc Ellis (b. ), who take issue with other theologians by suggesting that Holocaust theology has failed by neglecting to analyse the contemporary use of power, which has now passed into Jewish hands in Israel. Ellis sees solidarity with the Palestinian people as Jewish theology’s decisive test and suggests that Jews have to learn from the mistakes of Christians. A number of Christian theologians have attempted to develop a systematic revision of Christian theology, the most detailed study being by Paul van Buren.
The messiah Naturally, the question as to why Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah became a fundamental preoccupation of the New Testament writers who insisted, one way or another, on continuity between the Church and Israel. In time, the interpretation of Old Testament texts became the subject of debate because, whilst Jews and Christians accepted that some passages referred to the coming of the Messiah, the latter believed them to be fulfilled by Jesus and the former did not. In addition, Christians referred to other texts, An Introduction to Jewish–Christian Relations which had not previously been viewed as messianic, to explain why the Messiah, who had been expected to bring a Jewish triumph over Rome, suffered and was crucified.
An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations by Edward Kessler