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The Changing Christian World

A Brief Introduction for Jews

Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman

5.5 x 8.5, 176 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-344-6

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An insightful exploration into Christianity today—written especially for Jews.
For many Jews, discerning the differences among various Christian groups is perplexing. As a result, they are stuck with an outdated understanding of Christian beliefs, practices and attitudes, especially with regard to their relationship with Judaism, Jews and Israel.
But Christian views are evolving, particularly since the landmark 1965 Catholic statement known as Nostra Aetate that forever changed the landscape of Jewish-Christian relations. This intriguing, brief introduction focuses on the changing Christian currents within the Roman Catholic Church, Protestant denominations, nondenominational megachurches and the emergent church. It also explores the essential doctrines that undergird most Christian belief, including sin, salvation, Jesus as the Messiah, the Second Coming and Christian Zionism—and compares them to the Jewish understanding of these issues.
Designed to answer Jews’ common questions about Christianity, this enlightening overview is also an excellent interfaith resource that will help all readers understand the changing Christian climate and what its implications are for the future of Judaism and interfaith relations.

“Lucid, provocative, informative and helpful.”

Canadian Jewish News

“[A] splendid treasure-trove of information—conveyed simply but not simplistically.... Indispensable for Jews trying to navigate the modern Christian world. A book that will only grow in value.”

Rabbi Michael J. Cook, PhD, professor of intertestamental and early Christian literatures, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; author, Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment

“An excellent introduction ... equally suited to introduce many Jews to Judaism.”

Jewish Book World

“Quick-paced and insightful ... an informative introduction for any Jewish reader [and] a reassuring [interfaith] message for today’s world.”

Rev. James Massa, PhD, executive director, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Insightful.... A fair, balanced, and informed understanding of the beliefs of Christians ... [and] of the diversities and commonalities between (and within) contemporary Judaism and Christianity.”

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

“Stimulating.... Helps Jews frame their questions about contemporary Christianity, and gives them answers. Gives us much to think about.”

Rabbi Alan Mittleman, PhD, director, Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary

“Upbeat and enjoyable.... Readers will find here a nuanced view of [a wide range of] topics including evangelical Christianity and Jewish-Christian relations.”

Deirdre Good, ThD, professor of New Testament, General Theological Seminary

Rabbi Leonard A. Schoolman is director of the Center for Religious Inquiry, an interreligious adult education program at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in New York. Previously he was the founding director of the Center for Theological Studies at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Houston, Texas, and, for eighteen years, the national director of program for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now Union for Reform Judaism).

 

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