A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - download pdf or read online

By Edward Kessler, Neil Wenborn

ISBN-10: 0521826926

ISBN-13: 9780521826921

This reference is a pioneering paintings which explores and defines the various components which characterise the old and ongoing courting among the 2 traditions. From Aaron to Zionism, the editors have introduced jointly over seven-hundred entries--including occasions, associations, events, humans, areas and publications--contributed through greater than a hundred the world over well known students. The Dictionary, compiled lower than the auspices of the Cambridge-based Centre for the learn of Jewish-Christian family, deals a spotlight for the examine and knowing of Jewish-Christian family across the world, either inside and among Judaism and Christianity.

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A contentious passage follows: ‘For they [the nations] bow down before vanity and emptiness (hevel va-rik, Isa. 7) . . while we bow down . . before the King of kings of kings, the Holy One blessed be He’. A medieval apostate claimed that since the numerical equivalent of the letters in va-rik equal the value of the letters in Yeshu (Hebrew for Jesus), the phrase was an encoded slander against Christian worship. Martin Luther 9 Alexander II railed vitriolically against the prayer; Jewish leaders insisted that it referred only to pagan idolatry.

Yet, a typical Christian prince, Alphonse summoned a Jewish physician from Spain to cure his failing eyesight. MARGARET BREARLEY Altar As well as being a simple piece of furniture, the altar functions as a multivalent symbol in both Christianity and Judaism. For the early Christian movement it began as a piece of furniture for their table fellowship, in which they remembered the preand post-resurrection meals of Jesus, especially that meal later remembered as the ‘Last Supper’. The altar developed throughout Christian history a complex set of meanings.

Indeed, it is an index of the interconnectedness of the field of Jewish–Christian relations itself that every entry in the Dictionary includes cross-references to other entries. Such cross-references are printed in bold in the text. As with any book of this kind, there is a fine editorial line to be walked between, on the one hand, providing helpful routes of access for the reader from each entry to the body of the work as a whole and, on the other, giving the impression that the truth always lies elsewhere.

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