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.
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.
Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateMarch 18, 1998
"We know the other, but we do not understand the other."
from the Introduction
Table of Contents
PART ONE: COMMUNION WITH GOD
Meeting God in the Torah
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
A Judaic Response to a Christian's Community with God Jacob Neusner
PART TWO: THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Living Under the Yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven
Transfiguring Commonplaces: The Kingdom in Christianity Bruce Chilton
The Reign of Forceful Grace
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
Bringing the Messiah: The Torah and Responsive Grace
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
Christ: The Bodily Presence of God
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