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Philip A Cunningham, Norbert J. Hofmann, and Joseph Sievers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228058

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228058.001.0001

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3. Jewish Perspectives on Christianity

3. Jewish Perspectives on Christianity

(p.23) 3. Jewish Perspectives on Christianity
The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Rabbi Giuseppe Laras

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Today, Jews and Christians in the spirit of dialogue meet in very different circumstances and with markedly different attitudes. It is nonetheless difficult to deny that from a part of the Jewish world, rabbinic and nonrabbinic, there is still a certain resistance, a difficulty about entering into a relationship with Christianity in the context of the initiatives of dialogue. For a Christian, the encounter with Israel means the rediscovery of one's own roots, so that Christianity is more clearly defined, understood, and, so to speak, better justified. For a Jew, the encounter with Christianity does not carry the same significance. Starting from inside the Jewish tradition, this chapter outlines and evaluates the main points of a Jewish theological understanding of Christianity, focusing on idolatry, the Talmud, the distinction between the Sephardic rabbis residing in areas under Islamic influence and the Ashkenazic rabbis residing in areas under Christian influence.

Keywords:   Jews, Christians, dialogue, Christianity, Judaism, idolatry, Israel, Talmud, Sephardic rabbis, Ashkenazic rabbis

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