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Jewish Self-Understanding in the Early Centuries of the Common Era

Paltiel, Eliezer

To understand the formative stage of Talmudic Judaism, it is very important to glance at the period before the actual destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple. The period discussed is really starting from the middle of the first century through about the middle of the third century. … [more]

At the Crossroads: The Jewish-Christian Schism

Schiffman, Lawrence H.

Lawrence H. Schiffman, chairman of the department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, discusses the manner in which Judaism and Christianity separated from each other and came to conceive of each other as 'the other.' … [more]

What really are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Schiffman, Lawrence H.

The basic outlines of this material and its importance for the history of Judaism and the background of Christianity. … [more]

Aher [Elisha ben Abuyah] and Jesus

Schwartz, G. David

Two Jewish figures compared. … [more]

A Jewish Response To Dominus Iesus: On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church

Signer, Michael A.

The Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Notre Dame University (U.S.A.) offers an evaluation of the Vatican document Dominus Iesus. … [more]

Some Reflections on Dabru Emet

Signer, Michael A.

Rabbi Signer: 'In the efforts to write Dabru Emet and edit Christianity in Jewish Terms, the authors recognized that they were part of a rather small group of Jews who had participated in the dialogue with Christians. It was their desire to broaden the boundaries of the discussion that moved them out of their university offices and into the area of public statements.' … [more]

Fundamentalism: A Jewish Perspective

Solomon, Norman

A British symposium on the nature and role of Fundamentalism in the three monotheistic faiths. See also: A Cristian Response and An Islamic Perspective. … [more]

From God's Perspective we are all Minorities

Stendahl, Krister

A lecture delivered at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University. … [more]

Qumran and Supersessionism — And the Road Not Taken

Stendahl, Krister

The driving force behind supersessionism is the claim to the true, authentic, and only legitimate continuity to the inherited history. But when Christianity - and less directly Islam - fell heir to the Biblical tradition and coupled their supersessionist claims with universal assertions, the road was open for a mind set that led to crusades and jihad, pogroms and worse.' Is it possible 'for Christians and Muslims to fathom that Christianization, or Islamization, of the world might not be God’s ultimate goal.' … [more]

Saint Paul and the Jews

Stendahl, Krister

...perhaps the Jesus movement, for which he had become a witness to the gentiles, was actually, in the plan and scheme of God, going to be a gentile movement! It had not been so conceived in the beginning, not even by Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.' … [more]