The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity Book

The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity

  • Author : Peter Ochs
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2008-05-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 9781725221789

The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity Book Description :

The scholars who have contributed to this volume of essays are Jewish and Christian thinkers who, without melding their different religious traditions and scholarly methods, have developed complementary responses to what they believe is wrong with contemporary biblical scholarship in Judaism and Christianity. The purpose of this collection is to draw attention to the similarities among these responses and to the possibility that they may contribute to a family of postcritical methods for interpreting the scriptural traditions. The postcritical scholars employ current methods of critical, scientific inquiry to clarify the language, the historical contexts, and the didactic messages of the biblical traditions. They do not, however, find these methods sufficient. They argue that the biblical traditions communicate to their practitioners some rules of action that cannot be deciphered within the terms set by canons of critical reason that emerged in the European Renaissance and Enlightenment. Rather, among the Bible's unique rules of action are the principles for interpreting the traditions themselves. Postcritical scholars attempt to identify these rules of interpretation, producing what editor Peter Ochs has come to term "postcritical Scriptural interpretation." It is neither strictly modern nor premodern. This form of inquiry emerges in the dialogue that is now unfolding between a contemporary family of scholars and their scriptural traditions.

Another Reformation Book

Another Reformation

  • Author : Peter Ochs
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780801039409

Another Reformation Book Description :

A Jewish theologian engages leading postliberal Christian thinkers who argue that Christ and the church do not replace God's love of Israel and the Jews.

The Qur an s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity Book

The Qur an s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity

  • Author : Holger M. Zellentin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-29
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351341554

The Qur an s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity Book Description :

This volume explores the relationship between the Qur’an and the Jewish and Christian traditions, considering aspects of continuity and reform. The chapters examine the Qur’an’s retelling of biblical narratives, as well as its reaction to a wide array of topics that mark Late Antique religious discourse, including eschatology and ritual purity, prophetology and paganism, and heresiology and Christology. Twelve emerging and established scholars explore the many ways in which the Qur’an updates, transforms, and challenges religious practice, beliefs, and narratives that Late Antique Jews and Christians had developed in dialogue with the Bible. The volume establishes the Qur’an’s often unique perspective alongside its surprising continuity with Judaism and Christianity. Chapters focus on individual suras and on intra-Qur’anic parallels, on the Qur’an’s relationship to pre-Islamic Arabian culture, on its intertextuality and its literary intricacy, and on its legal and moral framework. It illustrates a move away from the problematic paradigm of cultural influence and instead emphasizes the Qur’an’s attempt to reform the religious landscape of its time. The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity offers new insight into the Islamic Scripture as a whole and into recent methodological developments, providing a compelling snapshot of the burgeoning field of Qur’anic studies. It is a key resource for students and scholars interested in religion, Islam, and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Concept of the Messiah in the Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity Book

The Concept of the Messiah in the Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity

  • Author : Shirley Lucass
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-09-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780567540935

The Concept of the Messiah in the Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity Book Description :

In this title, Shirley Lucass examines the history of the concept of messiah in biblical, and post-biblical traditions. For 2000 years, Judaism and Christianity have been at odds with one another. The problem at the heart of the division is the concept of messiah. Shirley Lucass looks directly at the concept of messiah from an historical perspective and examines its roots in ancient Jewish literature, and its development within the Christian tradition, aiming not only to trace the biblical and extra-biblical developments of the concept, but to outline a platform for religious dialogue. Lucass begins with a survey of methodological approaches, and then moves on to consider the origins of the messiah concept in ancient near eastern kingship, the 'anointed' in the Second Temple period and the messiah as outlined in the New Testament and in post 70 CE Messianism. Lucass contends that the New Testament concept of messiah is not inconsistent with, nor incompatible with the Jewish antecedent traditions, and it is this conclusion which enables her to present a valuable chapter on the implications of this study for inter-religious dialogue.

How Repentance Became Biblical Book

How Repentance Became Biblical

  • Author : David A. Lambert
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190212254

How Repentance Became Biblical Book Description :

Winner of the AAR's 2016 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies How Repentance Became Biblical tells the story of repentance as a concept. Many today, in both secular and religious contexts, assume it to be a natural and inevitable component of our lives. But, where did it originate? How did it become so prominent within Western religious traditions and, by extension, contemporary culture? What purposes does it serve? The book identifies repentance as a product of the Hellenistic period, where it was taken up within emerging forms of Judaism and Christianity as a mode of subjective control. It argues that, along with the rise of repentance, a series of interpretive practices, many of which remain in effect to this day, was put into place whereby repentance is read into the Bible and the Bible, especially the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, comes to be seen as repentance's source. Ancient Israelite rituals, such as fasting, prayer, and confession, all of which are incorporated later on within various religious communities as forms of penitential discipline, are understood as external signs of internal remorse. Hebrew terms and phrases, such as the prophetic injunction to "return to YHWH," are read as ancient representations of the concept, repentance. Prophetic literature as a whole is seen as serving a pedagogical purpose, as aiming at the reformation of Israel as a nation. Furthermore, it is assumed that, on the basis of the Bible, sectarians living in the late Second Temple period, from the Dead Sea sect to the early Jesus movement, believed that their redemption depended upon their repentance. In fact, the penitential framework within which the Bible is interpreted tells us the most about our own interpretive tendencies, about how we privilege notions of interiority, autonomy, and virtue. The book develops other frameworks for explaining the biblical phenomena in their ancient contexts, based on alternative views of the body, power, speech

Judaism when Christianity Began Book

Judaism when Christianity Began

  • Author : Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • Release Date : 2002-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 0664225276

Judaism when Christianity Began Book Description :

In this book, Jacob Neusner gives an introductory, systematic, and holistic account of the theology and practice of Rabbinic Judaism, which emerged, along with Christianity, from antiquity and formed the classical statement of Judaism to the present day. He offers a description of beliefs and practices, theology as expressed in mythic narratives, and norms of ritual and symbolic behavior. Neusner also discusses: revelation and scripture, the doctrine of God, the definition of the holy, the chain of tradition embodied in the story of the written and oral Torah, the intervention of God in history through miracles, sacred space, atonement and repentance, death and afterlife, and art and symbol in Judaism.

Homosexuality  Science  and the  plain Sense  of Scripture Book

Homosexuality Science and the plain Sense of Scripture

  • Author : David L. Balch
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 080284698X

Homosexuality Science and the plain Sense of Scripture Book Description :

Elucidates the pros and cons of current Christian discussion on the question of homosexuality. Challenges partisan views and provides a balanced discussion.

Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism  Christianity and Islam Book

Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism Christianity and Islam

  • Author : Mordechai Z. Cohen
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-05-26
  • Genre: Bibles
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107065680

Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism Christianity and Islam Book Description :

This comparative study examines how scriptures - the Bible and the Qur'an - were interpreted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam throughout history, with emphasis on the pivotal medieval period. Topics discussed include the challenges of translating scripture, its literal and non-literal meanings, its portrayal in art, and its relation to secular literature.

From Jesus to Christ Book
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From Jesus to Christ

  • Author : Paula Fredriksen
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2008-10-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300164107

From Jesus to Christ Book Description :

Holy Scriptures in Judaism  Christianity and Islam Book

Holy Scriptures in Judaism Christianity and Islam

  • Author : H. M. Vroom
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 904200228X

Holy Scriptures in Judaism Christianity and Islam Book Description :

One of the prime issues that needs to be addressed in dialogical encounter between the three monotheistic faiths of the world is that concerning the authority and interpretation of Holy Writ, since Jews, Christians and Muslims alike consider their Scriptures to be divine revelation. It is incumbent upon each of these religions to apprise itself of the hermeneutical approach employed by the others in ascribing current meaning to ancient scriptural texts. This is not only important as a means for the enhancement of inter-religious understanding but is also of great interest to society at large. What role does the Jewish Bible, the Christian Bible, and the Qu'ran play in the thinking and the lives of contemporary Jews, Christians, and Muslims? How are these Holy Scriptures interpreted in terms of present-day circumstances? How much room do the three religions allow for bringing their basic messages and biblical-theological traditions into rapport with constantly changing social, political and economic conditions? Is the concept of hermeneutical space acceptable to these religions? If so, in what sense and at what level? Is it possible to identify the scopus of a text and then reconstitute it textually, as it were, in light of the social and ethical questions thrown up by new contextual developments? Can interpretive adjustments be made without jeopardizing the core message of the text involved? And do the three monotheistic religions stand open to one another for influence in this regard? Has one or another of them taken hermeneutical cues from the others? Is there room for mutual learning within the hermeneutical space mentioned above or is this a sacred space closed to all influence from other traditions? These are among the central questions raised and dealt with in this interreligious collection of essays, perhaps the only dialogical symposium to date to deal exclusively with the doctrine and hermeneutics of Holy Scripture in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Exile Book


  • Author : James M. Scott
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9004106766

Exile Book Description :

The exiles of Israel and Judah cast a long shadow over the biblical text and the whole subsequent history of Judaism. Scholars have long recognized the importance of the theme of exile for the Hebrew Bible. Indeed, critical study of the Old Testament has, at least since Wellhausen, been dominated by the Babylonian exile of Judah. In 586 BC, several factors, including the destruction of Jerusalem, the cessation of the sacrificial cult and of the monarchy, and the experience of the exile, began to cause a transformation of Israelite religion which supplied the contours of the larger Judaic framework within which the various forms of Judaism, including the early Christian movement, developed. Given the importance of the exile to the development of Judaism and Christianity even to the present day, this volume delves into the conceptions of exile which contributed to that development during the formative period.

The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity Book

The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

  • Author : Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2000-06-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 492
  • ISBN 10 : 9780567302717

The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity Book Description :

This volume assembles several important studies that examine the role of language in meaning and interpretation. The various contributions investigate interpretation in the versions, in intertestamental traditions, in the New Testament, and in the rabbis and the targumim. The authors, who include well-known veterans as well as younger scholars, explore the differing ways in which the language of Scripture stimulates the understanding of the sacred text in late antiquity and gives rise to important theological themes. This book is a significant resource for any scholar interested in the interpretation of Scripture in and just after the biblical period.

Perpetually Reforming  A Theology of Church Reform and Renewal Book

Perpetually Reforming A Theology of Church Reform and Renewal

  • Author : John P. Bradbury
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-07-18
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780567388797

Perpetually Reforming A Theology of Church Reform and Renewal Book Description :

One of the slogans of the reformation was ecclesia reformata semper reformanda – 'the reformed church always reforming'. Churches throughout the western world are currently engaged in reform and renewal programmes through internal structural reforms as well as movements such as 'emerging church'. This book presents a challenging theology of church reform and renewal that offers a contemporary understanding of this historic slogan. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Bradbury discerns processes and practices which are perpetually reforming and renewing the identity of the church. It examines doctrinal and confessional conceptions of the church, re-examines texts concerned with covenantal renewal and explores Jewish-Christian dialogue as an example of renewal. A constructive theology is offered utilizing the categories of collective memory and mimetic practice. This upholds fundamental Christian identity, whilst driving the process of reform and renewal under God in the context of a three-way relationship between God, the church and the world.

Judaism and Christianity  Book
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Judaism and Christianity

  • Author : Rabbi Stuart Federow
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2012-10-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 1475954719

Judaism and Christianity Book Description :

Many people focus on the similarities between Judaism and Christianity, but the religions are quite different—and it’s not just because one accepts Jesus as the messiah and the other does not. The rise of Christians calling themselves messianic “Jews,” the successes of Christian missionaries, Jews ingratiating themselves to Evangelical Christians because of their support for the State of Israel, the overuse of the term “Judeo-Christian,” and the increasing use of Jewish rituals in Christian churches, blur the lines between Judaism and Christianity. Develop a better understanding of the irreconcilable differences between Judaism and Christianity, and where the two faiths hold mutually exclusive beliefs. You’ll learn how • Their views differ regarding God, humanity, the devil, faith versus the law, the Messiah, and more; • Both faiths read the same Biblical verses but understand them so differently; and • Missionary Christians use this blurring of the lines between the two faiths, and other techniques, to convert Jews to Christianity. Real interfaith dialogue begins when those engaging in it not only speak of how they are similar, but also where they differ. Real understanding begins when the topics discussed are in areas of disagreement. Judaism and Christianity: A Contrastwill help you understand the Jewish view of these disagreements.

The Return of Gabriel Book

The Return of Gabriel

  • Author : Richard V. Shriver
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2005-11-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 165
  • ISBN 10 : 9781477162415

The Return of Gabriel Book Description :

This collection of letters is a continuation of my earlier collection, The Gabriel Letters. I stumbled on the idea of writing imagined letters from an archangel advising a young guardian, while reading an introduction to C. S. Lewis Screwtape Letters. It has been a marvelous way perhaps delusional of standing back and imagining that I can see the world through angel eyes. The amazing result for me has been a sense of objectivity and good will. The intended purpose of the letters is to apply to all things the idea of Gods complete love (self-sacrificing, eternal, parent-like love). This idea is the center of Christianity. It is Jesus message, and it is St. Pauls good news. If we desire to be Christian, we should begin, it seems to me, by attempting to apply Jesus teachings to all things: to our behavior; to our human relationships, especially family; to our work and our business dealings; to the way we run our churches; and to the way we study the scriptures. If we take Jesus seriously, we must reevaluate much of the Bible the parts which are not specifically the teachings of Jesus. Jesus, Himself, questioned much of the scriptures. These letters cover a variety of subjects, many of them Biblical. Some Biblical passages need correction in light of Jesus ideas. Some Biblical passages are so marvelous that we need to lift them to the sky and shout, Look at this! Some Biblical passages are confusing, and we need to wrestle with them. But in all, we should be trying to see them through Jesus eyes. To see through Jesus eyes is, I suspect, what the true Gabriel wants, and it is the intent of this book. - Richard V. Shriver

The Return of Oral Hermeneutics Book

The Return of Oral Hermeneutics

  • Author : Tom Steffen
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-05-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532684821

The Return of Oral Hermeneutics Book Description :

Have Western exegetes turned an Eastern book into a Western one? Has our fondness for a fixed printed text capable of being analyzed with precision and exactitude blinded us to other hermeneutic possibilities? Does God require all people to be able to analyze grammar to interpret Scripture? Does God assume all people can interpret Scripture through oral means? The authors recognize the effects of centuries of literacy socialization that produced a blind spot in the Western Christian world--the neglect by most in the academies, agencies, and assemblies of the foundational and forceful role orality had on the biblical text and teaching. From the inspired spoken word of the prophets, including Jesus (pre-text), to the elite literate scribes who painstakingly hand-printed the sacred text, to post-text interpretation and teaching, the footprint of orality throughout the entire process is acutely visible to those having the oral-aural influenced eyes of the Mediterranean ancients. Could oral hermeneutics be the "mother of relational theology"?

Judaism and Christianity in the Age of Constantine Book

Judaism and Christianity in the Age of Constantine

  • Author : Jacob Neusner
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1987-10-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 0226576523

Judaism and Christianity in the Age of Constantine Book Description :

With the conversion of Constantine in 312, Christianity began a period of political and cultural dominance that it would enjoy until the twentieth century. Jacob Neusner contradicts the prevailing view that following Christianity's ascendancy, Judaism continued to evolve in isolation. He argues that because of the political need to defend its claims to religious authenticity, Judaism was forced to review itself in the context of a triumphant Christianity. The definition of issues long discussed in Judaism—the meaning of history, the coming of the Messiah, and the political identity of Israel—became of immediate and urgent concern to both parties. What emerged was a polemical dialogue between Christian and Jewish teachers that was unprecedented. In a close analysis of texts by the Christian theologians Eusebius, Aphrahat, and Chrysostom on one hand, and of the central Jewish works the Talmud of the Land of Israel, the Genesis Rabbah, and the Leviticus Rabbah on the other, Neusner finds that both religious groups turned to the same corpus of Hebrew scripture to examine the same fundamental issues. Eusebius and Genesis Rabbah both address the issue of history, Chrysostom and the Talmud the issue of the Messiah, and Aphrahat and Leviticus Rabbah the issue of Israel. As Neusner demonstrates, the conclusions drawn shaped the dialogue between the two religions for the rest of their shared history in the West.

Christian Antisemitism Book
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Christian Antisemitism

  • Author : William Nicholls
  • Publisher : Jason Aronson
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 499
  • ISBN 10 : 0876683987

Christian Antisemitism Book Description :

Nevertheless, it is correct." Christian Antisemitism traces, over two millennia, the growing domination of Western culture by the Christian "myth" (as Nicholls calls it) about the Jews, and shows how it still exerts a major influence even on the secularized "post-Christian world." Nicholls shows, through scrupulous research and documentation, that the myth of the Jews as Christ-killers has powered anti-Judaism and antisemitism throughout the centuries. Nicholls clearly illustrates that this myth is present in the New Testament and that "it has not yet died under the impact of modern critical history." Also included in this remarkable volume is Nicholls' research regarding the Jewishness of Jesus. He writes, "Historical scholarship now permits us to affirm with confidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a faithful and observant Jew who lived by the Torah and taught nothing against his own people and their faith ...

Ancient Readers and their Scriptures Book

Ancient Readers and their Scriptures

  • Author : Garrick Allen
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-10-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004383371

Ancient Readers and their Scriptures Book Description :

Ancient Readers and their Scriptures explores the ways that ancient Jews and Christians interpreted the Hebrew Bible in antiquity, focusing on the processes of reading that are preserved in the textual and material record of the corpora that engage Jewish scripture.