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Jewish-Christian Debates: God, Kingdom, Messiah

Jewish-Christian Debates

God, Kingdom, Messiah

Bruce Chilton (Author), Jacob Neusner (Author)

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Two eminent scholars, each expert in his own tradition, take Jewish-Christian dialogue to a new level. Aiming at neither mere description nor conversion, each presents the classical elements of his tradition's understanding of three fundamental, common religious questions: where to meet God, how to live, and what to hope for.

Chilton and Neusner's lively comparisons serve as a primer on the defining energies of these two monumental religious traditions, intertwined in their roots. The reader is invited to identify the traditions' unity of questions and the equally strong differences in answers and thereby to illumine one's own faith commitments about belief, piety, and the purpose of human life.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631093
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 258
  • Publication Date March 18, 1998

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"We know the other, but we do not understand the other." — from the Introduction

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction

    PART ONE: COMMUNION WITH GOD

  1. Meeting God in the Torah
    Jacob Neusner

    Theology in Hebrew Scriptures
    Idiom Alien to Language of Philosophy
    The Flow of Dialectical Argument
    Religious Encounter in Worldly Form
    The Unity of Laws in Law: God's Unity
    Quest for Consensus and Rationality of Dispute
    The Power of Language in the Torah

    A Christian's Response to a Judaist's Communion with God
    Bruce Chilton

  2. Engaging with God Through Christ
    Bruce Chilton

    Introduction
    Baptism
    Prayer
    Ethical Performance
    Eucharist

    A Judaic Response to a Christian's Community with God
    Jacob Neusner

    PART TWO: THE KINGDOM OF GOD

  3. Living Under the Yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven
    Jacob Neusner

    Transfiguring Commonplaces: The Kingdom in Christianity
    Bruce Chilton

  4. The Reign of Forceful Grace
    Bruce Chilton

    The Gospel of the Kingdom
    The Catechesis of the Kingdom
    Reflection and Controversy
    Royal Synthesis: The Kingdom of Christ

    A Judaic Response to Forceful Grace
    Jacob Neusner

    PART THREE: THE MYSTERY OF THE MESSIAH

  5. Bringing the Messiah: The Torah and Responsive Grace
    Jacob Neusner

    Bar Kokhba: Arrogance against God
    The Messiah's Place in History: Sage against Emperor
    Linkage of Keeping the Law and Coming of Messiah
    Messianic Fulfillment Depends on Moral Regeneration
    Sage as Savior
    Zekhut: Acts of Supererogatory Grace

    Messianic Virtues and the Pleasure of God
    Bruce Chilton

  6. Christ: The Bodily Presence of God
    Bruce Chilton

    A Question for Catechumens: Who Do Men Say That I Am?
    A Question for Christians: What Has God Made of Us with Christ?
    The Redeemer as Lord and God

    The Question of Incarnation
    Jacob Neusner

    Notes
    Index
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