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Has God Only One Blessing?: Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding (Contraversions Jews and Other Differences (Hardcover)) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Desiring to improve Jewish-Christian relations, Boys (practical theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York) provides both an ideological foundation for dialog and suggestions for church practice, emphasizing the Catholic experience. Notably, she offers a schematic description of how Christianity became distinct from Judaism and makes suggestions for Catholic liturgy about bridging the gap by changing how certain scriptures are read during the church calendar. Uniquely offering scholarship on many complex questions in one source, Boys also provides a valuable collocation of church policies. Books like Philip A. Cunningham's Education for Shalom (Liturgical Pr., 1995) or Helen P. Fry's Christian-Jewish Dialogue (Exeter Univ., 1996) focus on practical or theoretical discussion, respectively. Boys successfully marries the two, digging deep to propose applications of theological ideas. Though she builds her points well, she struggles with the broad spectrum of scholarly views or ideological backgrounds needed to explain them. Scholars will likely agree with her ideas while sensing that that they don't require the comprehensive scholarly underpinnings she attempts to supply. With lengthy endnotes and a bibliography, this is explicitly addressed to religious educators and theological students. Recommended for academic libraries with specialized theological collections.
-Marianne Orme, West Lafayette, IN
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
An excellent addition to contemporary scholarship on a range of issues relating to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations. -- Reviews in Religion and Theology
An excellent textbook or introduction to the subject for teachers and clergy. -- Margaret Shepherd
An exceptional book. -- The Catholic Journalist
Deserves great praise. -- Theoforum
I recommend this book to all those interested in furthering Jewish-Christian understanding. -- Journal of Theological Studies
Important undertaking. -- Commonweal
This book is a good primer on the topic for those seeking to do interfaith work. -- WATERwheel
This book is an excellent addition to contemporary scholarship on a range of issues relating to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations. -- Reviews in Religion and Theology
This is a thought-provoking and informative book. -- The Bible Today
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Jews and Christians have made enormous progress in mutal respect and understanding over the last forty years. Religious text books have been reviewed for negative stereotypes. We are quick to rally support for victims of discrimination and hate crimes. Our leaderships have made thoughtful policy statements. There are high levels of cooperation in efforts for justice and peace. Scores of colleges and universities have centers for interreligious study and research.
How Jews and Judaism are presented in our worship is quite another matter. Our words and our structures are riven with supersessionism, the assumption that Christianity fulfills and replaces Judaism.
It is this enormous diffuculty Mary Boys analyses with the a clear vision and practical directives. Her work is most welcome and merits great attention.
Mary does not profess to be an expert of Judaica. But here grasp of catholic theology and history is superb. Carefully and objectively she lays out her case for why Christians should refuse the supersessionism which infects our tradition. As she explains, Christianity should be able to express the power which is inherent in its tradition without denegrating the faith of the Jewish people. It is not necessary to insist that Christians are the new People of God in a way which proposes that the Jews are no longer God's people. As the title suggests, Mary demonstrates that God has blessings enough for both.
As a doctoral student in a summer session at Boston College, I have had the privilege of studying with Mary Boys. Hers is a powerful and persuasive argument that seeks to recapture something authentic and true about the foundations of Christianity. It is too easy to misread the gospel accounts as if Jesus and the Jews were arrayed against one another. In reality, Jesus of Nazareth was a Jew himself and this fact is far too often forgotten by Christians.
Typical of other Pharisaic rabbis of his day, Jesus had a particular approach to Jewish Law and customs and he had his own group of disciples who referred to themselves as "followers of the Way." In this simple rabbi these disciples encountered the power of God, placing Christians in a position which should be one of gratitude toward the Jews, not condescension and condemnation.
As Christians, are we able to develop a new paradigm which is faithful to our tradition without demonization of the Jews? I believe we can. I believe we must, and Mary Boys points a way in which we can better understand ourselves in the process.
It is time to let theologians like Mary C. Boys pave a new path for the ongoing Christian culture and its relation to "the root that supports" it. Buy this book for your Pastor!