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 Engaging Two Contemporary Theologians of the Dialogue

Michael S. Kogan

in Opening the Covenant

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195112597
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872275 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112597.003.0006
  Engaging Two Contemporary Theologians of the Dialogue

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This chapter assesses the opinions of two contemporary theologians regarding the Jewish-Christian dialogue. These are Rabbi Irving Greenberg and Reverend John Pawlikowski. It is argued that Greenberg's argument that Jesus is a “failed Messiah” is inaccurate and a nonstarter. It wrongly assumes the existence of one standard Jewish conception of “Messiah” at the time of Jesus; it also wrongly assumes that if God sent Jesus, it must have been his mission to effect the immediate consummation of the eschatological hopes of Israel. Pawlikowski, on the other hand, sought a Jewish theological reevaluation of Christianity that would encourage Christian theologians to develop new positive theologies of Judaism. He also expressed hope that Jewish religious thinkers might find a way to allow Judaism to open itself to enrichment by the life and teachings of Jesus and from the Christian tradition.

Keywords: Judaism; Christianity; Jewish-Christian dialogue; theologians; Jews; Christians; Rabbi Irving Greenberg; Reverend John Pawlikowski

Chapter.  10521 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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