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This important collection brings together some of the most prominent names in international Jewish and Catholic scholarship, and attempts a concerted dialogue between these religious traditions in order to show that each may learn from the other whilst yet retaining integrity and alterity.
Taking as its central metaphor the moving biblical story of the meeting between Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33.4), in which the brothers are reconciled after long estrangement, the book tries to point towards areas of common ground and explores certain shared interests. Topics covered include the notion of covenant; the idea of election; the reading of sacred texts today; the challenge posed to both Jews and Catholics by postmodernity; and religion, government and society.
A concluding section attempts to sketch the parameters of what a partnership between the traditions might look like, and what its agenda might be. Conducted in the best spirit of ecumenical dialogue, this volume makes a significant contribution to interfaith studies, Judaic studies, and constructive Catholic theology.
'I welcome this work, not only for its insights but above all because it offers theological and halachic foundations for a dialogue between Jews and Christians which is at once anchored in our deepest roots and leading towards the mystery of our future?' -- Cardinal Kasper; President, Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
'This book represents a real breakthrough. It contains structured theological dialogue with no no-go areas. It takes us well down its intended path to a relationship of mutual respect and acceptance and the formation of a partnership in God's name for the repair and well being of humanity and the globe? ' -- Rabbi Dow Marinnr, Executive Director, World Union for Progressive Judaism
The editors are leading representatives of progressive Catholic and Jewish scholarly thought in their respective traditions.