By Edward Kessler
Family members among Christians and Jews over the last thousand years were characterized to a good volume through mutual mistrust and via Christian discrimination and violence opposed to Jews. In fresh 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 family sheds clean gentle in this ongoing interfaith come across, exploring key writings and subject matters in Jewish-Christian heritage, from the Jewish context of the recent testomony to significant occasions of recent occasions, together with the increase of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the construction of the kingdom of Israel. This obtainable theological and historic learn additionally touches on various comparable components akin to Jewish and interfaith experiences, philosophy, sociology, cultural stories, diplomacy and the political sciences.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Introduction to Religion)
The horns on the famous monumental sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo (–) in Rome’s San Pietro in Vincoli may not have been originally intended as derisive, but came to be seen by later viewers as a negative attribute, specifically pointing to his Jewishness. The visual allegory of Ecclesia and Synagoga, female figures fashioned by Christian artists to proclaim Christian replacement of Jews, and Jews Introduction as responsible for the death of Christ, became common in Western Christian art.
The identity of Jesus needs to be dealt with in the study of Jewish–Christian relations because by definition Christians must take a different position than do Jews. The cleavage between Jews and Christians is determined by the fact that Christians accept Jesus as God’s Messiah while Jews do not. Yet in the early centuries the picture is far more complex, for most Christians of Jewish origin remained within the very wide Jewish tent, and the dispute that gradually caused the separation over the centuries was not merely about messianic claims but also (perhaps more) about ritual observance for new members of the Jesus followers.
The observance of the Sabbath did not disappear from Christian practice and in the early centuries Christians observed both Saturday and Sunday, as witnessed in the second and third centuries by Irenaeus (c. –c. ) and Origen (–) respectively. Easter and Pentecost are adaptations, with dates modified according to the solar calendar, of Passover and Shavuot. Both the festivals of Epiphany and Sukkot include celebrations of water and light, features that are better preserved in Eastern Christianity than in the West, as is true also of elements shared by Jewish and Eastern Christian wedding ceremonies.
An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Introduction to Religion) by Edward Kessler