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Jews and Christians: The Myth of a Common Tradition

Jews and Christians: The Myth of a Common Tradition

Jacob Neusner

| Wipf & Stock | 2003

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Jacob Neusner, proposes that “there is not now, and there never has been, a dialogue between the religions of Judaism and Christianity.” He asserts that, from the very beginning, the Judaic and Christian religious worlds scarcely intersect. He calls for Jews and Christians to describe honestly and accurately their respective faiths, and by doing so, begin dialoguing with the each other. In this way, Jews and Christians can begin to grasp the ideas and practices of each other’s traditions and beliefs and coincide harmoniously together.

Author Bio

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016) was a preeminent scholar of ancient Judaism and one of the most published authors ever, with more than 900 original volumes to his name. He was educated at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University. He was research professor of theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. Neusner’s work has been highly influential, if sometimes controversial. He pioneered applying “form criticism” to Rabbinic texts, and aimed at a humanistic and academic reading of ancient Jewish literature.

Nesuner’s works include the Jacob Neusner Jewish Studies Bundle (99 vols.).