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Opening the Covenant

Michael S. Kogan

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195112597
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872275 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112597.001.0001
Opening the Covenant

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The Vatican II Council of 1965 signaled a new era in the relationship of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Determined to free the Church of the anti-Jewish polemic which led to such widespread suffering of the innocent, Catholic authorities completely revised their conceptions of Jews and Judaism. Soon, many mainstream Protestant churches also issued a series of official statements that affirmed the eternal nature of God's ancient covenant with Israel. An entirely new category of theology emerged as part of the developing Jewish-Christian dialogue, and gradually Jewish theologians began to respond. This book represents an advance in Jewish thinking about Christianity. It delves deeply into the theologies of the two faiths to locate precise points of difference and convergence and sees Christianity as the breaking open of the original Covenant to include gentile peoples. God has brought this about through the work of Jesus and his interpreters. If Christianity is a divinely inspired movement, then Judaism must re-evaluate its truth-claims. This will in no way compromise the truth of Judaism itself, but will cause Jews to understand their own faith more fully by locating it in the larger context of God's universal redemptive plan. This book calls for each tradition to receive the wisdom of the other as a means of self-understanding. Once each faith is freed to find God's purpose in the other, the way will be open to a liberating pluralism in which Jews and Christians come to see each other as Israelite siblings sharing a universal role as God's witnesses, the builders of God's Kingdom on earth. Neither faith can do this world-redemptive work alone.

Keywords: Vatican II Council; Catholicism; Judaism; Protestant church; Jewish-Christian dialogue; faith; God's Kingdom

Book.  304 pages. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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 Defining Our Terms in Opening the Covenant

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 The Question of the Messiah in Opening the Covenant

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 The Forty Years' Peace in Opening the Covenant

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 Into Another Intensity in Opening the Covenant

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 Bringing the Dialogue Home in Opening the Covenant

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