Situating the Project: Personal and Collective Dimensions

  • Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Part of the Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice book series (INSTTP)


A student of Hindu-Christian relations will find enough books dedicated to the subject to fill a library shelf, perhaps even several shelves. Specific themes, the history of relations, comparative presentations of the two religions, and a dialogue between the two theologies are taken up by both Hindu and Christian scholars. By contrast, very little has been written about Hindu-Jewish relations. Not a single monograph is dedicated to an overview of the relations and to exploring their theological significance for either side. No extensive, let alone comprehensive, effort has been undertaken to describe and to reflect upon a range of historical, theoretical, and practical issues that are pertinent to the relations between these two major faith traditions. The little that has been written will obviously be highlighted in the present work and to a large extent provides its background.


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