The amazing, historic journey of Jews and Christians coming together. In this book Philip Cunningham traces the remarkable developments in Catholic-Jewish relations over the last fifty years. Centuries of antipathy and suspicion, Cunningham says, have largely given way to a new, mutually enriching relationship between the two traditions of Judaism and Catholicism. A specialist in Christian-Jewish relations, Cunningham recounts the amazing, historic journey of Jews and Christians coming together in light of both Scripture and theology, covering the period from Vatican II up to the present day. After fifty years of significant dialogue, Cunningham suggests, Catholics and Jews are now on the threshold of building true shalom between their two communities, experiencing the Holy One anew in each other's distinctive and edifying ways of walking with God.
Philip A. Cunningham is professor of theology and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. His other books include Christ Jesus and the Jewish People Today: New Explorations of Theological Interrelationships.
Theological Studies "With exacting attention, Cunningham has successfully mapped the scriptural, theological, and historical elements of the Catholic Church's effort to reach 'right relationship' with the Jewish people. . . . An incomparable guide."
Theology "A valuable account of the journey within Roman Catholicism over 50 years to come to a right relationship with Jews."
Edward Kessler — Woolf Institute, Cambridge "Philip Cunningham is the leading American Catholic scholar in the study of Christian-Jewish relations. In this book he charts ways forward and reasserts the importance of a partnership, a chevruta, between Christians and Jews in their joint mission to seek peace, wholeness, and health between and among their faith communities. His Seeking Shalom will quickly become an essential text for anyone interested in understanding Christian-Jewish relations. I highly recommend it."
Joseph Sievers — Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome "On the fiftieth anniversary of the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate, Cunningham here provides a broad overview of where we are coming from and where the way of Christian-Jewish relations may lead. His work is theologically and ecumenically sensitive as well as solidly grounded in current biblical scholarship. . . . A must-read for anyone interested in the present and future of Christian-Jewish dialogue."
Christian M. Rutishauser, S.J. — Provinzial der Schweizer Jesuiten, Zürich "Cunningham's Seeking Shalom is sound and comprehensive, innovative and concise, and easy to read. Theology at its best."
Rabbi Irving Greenberg — author of For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity "This masterful book lights our way in showing how a community can leave behind the inherited hatred, triumphalism, and disrespect that bring God's name into disrepute."
Choice "Covering the decades from Vatican Council II to the present, Cunningham — a leading American Catholic participant and scholar in Catholic-Jewish dialogue — provides an informative account of synagogue and church reconciliation. . . . Recommended."
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