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Covenant and Hope
Christian and Jewish Reflections
PAPERBACK; Published: 7/27/2012
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6704-9
310 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9

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Covenant and Hope centers around two main themes in Jewish-Christian dialogue: "Covenant, Mission, and Relation to the Other" and "Hope and Responsibility for the Human Future." In the first section scholars from both faiths analyze the idea of covenant, how it determines their religious commitments, behavior, and theology, and how their covenantal theology shapes their relations with people outside their religious communities. The second section focuses on the foundation for religious hope, how belief in the future can be nourished, and on our practical and philosophic responsibility to work for a better human future.
REVIEWS
Rabbi James Rudin
-- author of Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations
"A robust exploration of highly charged and frequently controversial themes -- covenant, mission, Messiah, and more -- that challenge both Jews and Christians. . . . The authors go far beyond the platitudes of superficial 'dialogue' to plumb the depths of their own faith commitments. Readers will be enlightened and enriched."
Eugene J. Fisher
-- Saint Leo University
"These excellent essays at once reflect and move forward the central agenda of the Jewish-Christian dialogue. The contributors, among the best in the field, engage the core issues that unite and divide Christians and Jews, affirming the possibility -- indeed necessity -- of joint Jewish-Christian witness to humanity on the levels of both faith and social action. A must-read for anyone interested in the ancient relationship between Judaism and Christianity -- and in their shared vision of hope for our mutual future."
John T. Pawlikowski
-- Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union
"A fine overview of central theological issues in the Christian-Jewish relationship. Covenant and Hope exposes the reader to both liberal and conservative theological perspectives and provides an excellent starting point for further research and classroom discussion."
Rabbi Noam E. Marans
-- Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, American Jewish Committee
"This bountiful volume of independent and cross-pollinating essays offers a tour d 'horizon of the state of Christian-Jewish dialogue and touches upon nearly all of the heady critical issues of interfaith conversation. Scholars, theologians, clergy, interfaith dialogue participants, and all who marvel at the transformation of the Christian-Jewish relationship will gain new insights from each of the contributors."
Rabbi David Sandmel
-- Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
"Always profound and often provocative, these essays testify to the potential for Jews and Christians to think creatively together."
Ecumenism
"In the first section of this work, scholars from both faiths analyze the idea of covenant, how it determines their religious commitments, behavior, and theology, and how their covenantal theology shapes their relations with people outside their religious communities. The second section focuses on the possibility of hope and on responsibility for the future."

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