How can finite minds approach an infinite and ultimately unknowable God? Is it true that Christianity is a religion of love and Judaism a religion of law? Can a Jew accept the Orthodox Christian veneration of holy images? How much do Jews and Orthodox Christians have in common when they worship God? What can be done about Christian prayers that Jews find offensive? How much responsibility do Christians carry for antisemitism? These and other questions are addressed in this book which is intended as a major contribution to encounters between Judaism and Orthodox Christianity. In seventeen chapters, expert theologians and historians examine central issues of common concern relating to theology and worship as well as to the vexed historical question of anti-Semitism. The focus is on dialogue and deepened knowledge, as the contributors dispel widely-held misconceptions and identify a good deal of common ground.
Nicholas de Lange is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the University of Cambridge.
Elena Narinskaya is an academic researcher in Abrahamic Religions.
Sybil Sheridan is a freelance rabbi currently working with Newcastle Reform Synagogue.
Chapter One: Mysticism in the Orthodox Christian Tradition
Chapter Two: The God Who Can and Cannot be Said
Chapter Three: The Unity of God: Christians and the Trinity
Chapter Four: Law and Love in Judaism
Chapter Five: Love: an Orthodox Perspective
Chapter Six: The Christian Church as the New Israel
Chapter Seven: The Journey to Oneself: Anti-Judaism in the Search for Christian Identity
Chapter Eight: Idolatry, Veneration of Icons and Worshipping God in Orthodox Christianity
Chapter Nine: Iconic Theology in Classical Rabbinic Literature and Orthodox Christianity
Daniel H. Weiss
Chapter Ten: The Concept of Tradition in Orthodox Worship
Kallistos (Timothy) Ware
Chapter Eleven: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Jewish Worship
Chapter Twelve: The Jewish Year: Metaphor and Meaning
Chapter Thirteen: The Psalms in Orthodox Christian Worship
Chapter Fourteen: Are there Christian Cultural Elements in Jewish Practice?
Chapter Fifteen: Anti-Judaism and Orthodox Liturgy
Michael G. Azar
Chapter Sixteen: The Blood Libel in the Russian Orthodox Tradition
†John D. Klier
Chapter Seventeen: Jewish Responses to the Blood Libel in Countries with Historic Orthodox Christian Traditions: Considerations for Dialogue
George R. Wilkes
The appearance of the volume on Encounter between Judaism and Orthodox Christianity edited by Nicholas de Lange, Elena Narinskaya and Sybil Sheridan is most welcome. Anyone interested in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity will be interested in this volume, and those particularly interested in the relationship between Judaism and Orthodox Christianity will use this volume as a valuable tool.