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The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited


Herald Press 2008

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Between 1971 and 1996 the late John Howard Yoder wrote a series of 10 essays “revisiting” the Jewish-Christian schism. He argued that, properly understood, Jesus did not reject Judaism; Judaism did not reject Jesus; and the Apostle Paul’s universal mandate for the salvation of the nations is best understood not as a product of Hellenization, but rather in the context of his Jewish heritage.

This posthumous collection of essays is arguably his most ambitious project and displays Yoder’s original thesis that the Jewish-Christian schism “did not have to be.”

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Key Features

  • Collects ten essays by Yoder on the topic of the Jewish-Christian schism
  • Discusses the disconnect between Judaism and Christianity and why it was unnecessary
  • Features a sermon and dialogues in the appendixes, as well as a glossary and indexes


  • Part I: Tertium Datur
    • ‘It Did Not Have to Be’
    • Jesus the Jewish Pacifist
    • Paul the Judaizer
  • Part II: The Free Church Vision and the Jewish Tradition
    • The Jewishness of the Free Church Vision
    • The Forms of a Possible Obedience
    • The Restitution of the Church: An Alternative Perspective on Christian History
  • Part III: Refusing Mis-located Dualisms of Judaism
    • Judaism as a Non-non-Christian Religion
    • Earthly Jerusalem and Heavenly Jerusalem: A Mis-located Dualism
    • On Not Being in Charge
  • Part IV: Christians and Jews Seeking the Shalom of the City
    • ‘See How They Go with Their Face to the Sun’

Praise for the Print Edition

[This] book is appropriate for any advanced course on Jewish-Christian dialogue, or a seminar on Yoder’s thought. I recommend this book for its content and mood.

—Brett Dewey, Baylor University

The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited is a welcome and engaging contribution to Judeo/Christian Religious Studies collections and supplemental reading lists.

Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • Title: The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • Editors: Michael G. Cartwright and Peter Ochs
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 290

About John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder (1927–1997) taught ethics and theology at Notre Dame University and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He received his doctorate from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and was a member of the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana. Widely sought around the world as a theological educator, ethicist, and interpreter of biblical pacifism, he is best known for writing The Politics of Jesus.

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