Judaism and Christianity

New Directions for Dialogue and Understanding


This volume treats the interrelationship between Judaism and Christianity from the first centuries and into modern times, paying particular attention to these faiths’ social, cultural, and theological interactions. The issues covered range from the formation of Jewish and Christian ideology in the context of Roman paganism to the ways in which Christian culture and theology of the medieval and modern periods form a backdrop to the creation of Jewish identity. While the historical periods and issues discussed are diverse, the result is to suggest the importance of our recognizing the close development of Judaism and Christianity. Written by top scholars in Judaic and Christian studies, these essays reflect on how the two faiths related to and were shaped by each other as they evolved in shared historical and cultural contexts, even as each maintained its own distinctive ideologies and beliefs.

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Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Specializing in Jewish history and religion in the first six centuries C.E., he is a co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Judaism (second edition in 4 vols., Brill, 2005) and The Mishnah in Contemporary Perspective (in 2 vols., Brill, 2002-2006). He is editor of the journal The Review of Rabbinic Judaism.

Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-Upon-Hudson, New York. A member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England, he is the internationally recognized author of hundreds of books on Judaism.
The essays collected here will be of interest to scholars of all periods of Judaic and Christian history, culture, and theology, as well as to all readers interested cultural and theological interactions between religions.
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