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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521730783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521730785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,053,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judaism and Christianity have a relationship that is more than 2,000 years old. Since Jesus was a Jew, the religions share common roots, but relations have not always been friendly. Studying this evolving relationship is an interdisciplinary effort. This volume addresses "not only the theological, but also the philosophical, historical, sociological, and political dimensions of the ongoing encounter between Judaism and Christianity." The editors are the founding and executive director of the Cambridge Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Kessler) and a writer (Wenborn). They have assembled a team of international scholars who contributed the articles.

More than 700 alphabetical entries range in length from a few paragraphs to two or three pages. They include biographies (Aaron; Innocent III; Luther, Martin); events (Crusades, Holocaust); places (Jerusalem, Rome); publications and theology (Bible translations, modern English; Commentary); and broad ideas (Chosen people, Resurrection narratives). These examples only scratch the surface. The work is unique in its attempt to take concepts such as Consecration and Dialogue and examine them as they are used in Christian and Jewish contexts, searching for common threads. It also examines various world literatures, taking a look at the portrayal of Jesus and other Christian symbols by Yiddish writers and the fictional treatment of Jews in English literature. Music, Mysticism, and Myth receive similar treatment. The book also has an extensive bibliography and seven maps that show ancient Palestine; the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Russian, and British Empires; and modern Israel; and an extensive bibliography. There is a name index but unfortunately no subject index.

A Dictionary of Jewish Christian Relations provides a basis for the study of Jewish--Christian relations in a broader context than the usual theological realm. It is a valuable tool for academic religious studies collections. Barbara Bibel
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"A timely look at the ever-evolving relationship between the two faiths. Compiled under the auspices of the Cambridge-based Centre of the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, the work comprises over 700 entries that cover people, places, events, institutions and more." Library Journal

"Academic libraries with a religious studies collection and large public libraries will find A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations useful." American Reference Books Annual

"More than 700 alphabetical entries range in length from a few paragraphs to two or three pages. They include biographies (Aaron; Innocent III; Luther, Martin); events (Crusades, Holocaust); places (Jerusalem, Rome); publications and theology (Bible translations, modern English; Commentary); and broad ideas (Chosen people, Resurrection narratives). These examples only scratch the surface. The work is unique in its attempt to take concepts such as Consecration and Dialogue and examine them as they are used in Christian and Jewish contexts, searching for common threads." --Booklist

"A required reference work for every rabbi, priest and minister. In addition, the volume is indispensable for faculty members and students of religion and history on the university campus and in seminaries. Every synagogue and church library should purchase a copy because the Dictionary is a powerful tool in educating youngsters and adult lay people." __ Religious News Service

“Kessler and Wenborn have produced a rich resource; all libraries that support programs in the study of Judaism and Christianity should have this volume. Highly recommended.”
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"An invaluable guide to Jewish-Christian Relations, unique in its conception and scope. It will be a key resource in a crucially important area of dialogue and engagement." -- The Rt Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

"This is the most comprehensive Dictionary on Jewish-Christian relations ever to be compiled and will be of great benefit not only to scholars but also to the lay man and woman. Arguably no relationship of any two faith communities in the course of history has been both so close and so far apart as that of Jewry and Christendom. Yet this new era has both produced and affords a relationship between the two, based upon sincere mutual respect in which both the profound differences as well as the 'shared patrimony' can be genuinely appreciated. This Dictionary will have a special place in reflecting and facilitating this process." --Rabbi David Rosen, President, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation International Director of Interreligious Affairs, The American Jewish Committee

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By Nadine G. Mendelsohn on September 19, 2013
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A good reference source for all studying or interested in learning about interfaith dialogue and the history of the dialogue
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