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Separated Siblings
An Evangelical Understanding of Jews and Judaism
John E. Phelan Jr.
Foreword by Rabbi Yehiel Poupko

PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 10/6/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7455-9
Price: $ 25.00
360 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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In the minds of many American evangelicals today, Judaism exists in two places: the pages of the Bible and the modern nation of Israel. In Separated Siblings, John Phelan offers to fill in the gaps of this limited understanding with the larger story of Judaism, including its long history and key facets of Jewish thought and practice. Phelan shows that Judaism is anything but monolithic or unchanging. Readers may be surprised to learn that contemporary Judaism exists in a multiplicity of forms and continues to evolve, as recent changes in scholarly Jewish perspectives on Jesus and Paul attest. 

An evangelical Christian himself, Phelan addresses what other evangelicals are often most curious about, such as Jewish beliefs concerning salvation and eschatology. Nevertheless, Separated Siblings is geared toward understanding rather than Christian apologetics, aiming for an undistorted view of Judaism that is sensitive to the painful history of Christian replacement theology and other forms of anti-Semitism. Readers of this book will emerge with more informed attitudes toward their Jewish brothers and sisters—those in Israel and those across the street.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Judaism
Chapter 2: God of Abraham
Chapter 3: God of Moses
Chapter 4: God of the Commandments
Chapter 5: Israel
Chapter 6: God of Prayer
Chapter 7: God of Righteousness
Chapter 8: Exile and Restoration
Chapter 9: Jesus the Jew
Chapter 10: Paul the Jew
Chapter 11: The Rabbis
Chapter 12: The Age of Genius
Chapter 13: Jews in Early Modernity
Chapter 14: Emancipation, Reform, and Danger
Chapter 15: From the Rise of Zionism to the State of Israel
Chapter 16: Dialogue and Hope