In the twenty-first century, Jews and Christians are challenged to reconsider their theological assumptions by two inescapable truths: the moral tragedy of the holocaust demands that Christian thinkers acknowledge the violent effects of theologically delegitimizing Jews and Judaism, and the pervasive reality of cultural and religious pluralism calls both Christian and Jewish theologians to rethink the covenant in the presence of the Other. Two Faiths, One Covenant? Jewish and Christian Identity in the Presence of the Other is a breakthrough work that embraces this contemporary challenge and charts a path toward fruitful interfaith dialogue. The Christian and Jewish theologians in this book explore the ways that both religions have understood the covenant and reflect on how it can serve as a reservoir for a positive theological relationship between Christianity and Judaism-not merely one of non-belligerent tolerance, but of respect and theological pluralism, however limited.
Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn is editor of The Edah Journal A Forum of Modern Orthodox Thought. He serves as an adjunct professor of Jewish Thought in the Department of Christian-Jewish Studies at Seton Hall University. He was formerly director of Inter-Faith Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., is professor of Social Ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union. He has served for many years as a member of the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Currently the president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, he has authored/edited more than fifteen books on Christian-Jewish relations and on social ethics.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Binding of Isaac Chapter 3 Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians, and the Binding of Isaac Chapter 4 The Binding of Isaac: Hermeneutical Reflections Chapter 5 The Akedah and Covenant Today Part 6 Part II: The Covenant in History Chapter 7 The Covenant in Patristic and Medieval Christian Theology Chapter 8 The Covenant in Rabbinic Thought Chapter 9 The Covenant in Contemporary Eccelesial Documents Chapter 10 The Covenant in Recent Theological Statements Chapter 11 The Covenant and Religious Ethics Today Part 12 Part III: The Covenant and Religious Pluralism Chapter 13 One God, Many Faiths: A Jewish Theology of Covenantal Pluralism Chapter 14 Jews and Christians: Their Covenantal Relationship in the American Context