Christian and Jewish Relations: A Progress Report

In ‘Christian and Jewish Relations: A Progress Report’, published by St Laurence Press, Michael Giffin says that as well as responding to the Middle East conflict, Christian and Jewish interfaith relations are responding to unprecedented advances in scholarship, as Christian and Jewish scholars investigate the implications of two contemporary realisations: first, the Jesus movement was originally a variety of Second Temple Judaism; second, after the destruction of the Second Temple, over several centuries, Christians and Jews gradually developed their current antithetical identities, under the Fathers and the Rabbis. These advances are forceful reminders that the truth about “us” should never be a lie about “them” regardless of whether “they” are other Christians, or other Jews, or adherents of other faiths, or agnostics and atheists.

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