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A Theology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue for the 21st Century

  • Edward Kessler
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Abstract

Any study of Jewish-Christian dialogue will point to the existence of a significant imbalance between the number of writings, which consider a Christian theology of Judaism and those which consider a Jewish theology of Christianity. Much more has been published on the former than the latter. One thinks immediately of Christian authors such as Pawlikowski, Thoma and Kung (from the Catholic perspective), and Van Buren and Eckardt (from the Protestant perspective), all of whom have made significant contributions to a Christian theology of Judaism.

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Jewish Identity Jewish People Jewish Life Christian Teaching Church Father 
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