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ECKARDT / CHRISTIAN-JEWISH RELATIONS
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Jesus
(Doubleday, 1979), see especially the chap ter “Jesus in Is­
raeli Schoolbooks.” A piquant conversation between Professor
Lapide and the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Kiing on the
subject o f “the Jew Jesus o f Nazareth, who stands between Jews
and Christians” is contained in Kiing,
Signposts fo r the Future
(Doubleday, 1978), pp. 64-87. See also
Face to Face
, 2 (1977), an
informative symposium on “In terfa ith in Israel”; Simon Schoon
und Heinz Kremers,
Nes Ammim, Ein christliches Experiment in Israel
(Neukirchener Verlag, 1978); Shalom Ben-Chorin, “T he Image
o f Jesus in Modern Juda ism ,”
Journal of Ecumenical Studies,
11
(1974), 401-430; and T rud e Weiss-Rosmarin
,JewishExpressions on
Jesus: An Anthology
(Ktav, 1977).
Writers o f significance to ou r topic — whose contributions are
found in various symposia and journals, many of which are listed
above, but whose names have had to be omitted — include, on the
Jewish side, Irving Abrahamson, Jacob B. Agus, Solomon S.
Bernards, Eugene B. Borowitz, Henry Feingold, Henry Fried-
lander, Irving Halperin , Andre Neher, David Polish, Ellis Rivkin,
Lionel Rubinoff, Pesach Schindler, Seymour Siegel, David Wolf
Silverman, and Michael Wyschogrod; and, on the Christian side,
Robert McAfee Brown, Harold M. Ditmanson, Bernard Dupuy,
Edward H. Flannery, Katharine T. Hargrove, Monika Konrad
Hellwig, Michael D. Ryan, Frederick M. Schweitzer, Franklin
Sherman, Aarne Siirala, Krister Stendahl, Leonard Swidler, and
Ruth Zerner.
The riches o f publications may lead some to overestimate the
place and importance o f our subject within Christian and Jewish
circles at large. While relations to Christians are intrinsic to the
social condition o f Jews outside Israel, this does not in itself give
that topic priority within the Jewish community, nor ough t it to do
so. And relations to Jews simply do not occupy a preem inen t place
within the life o f the Christian community, however much a
number of Christian spokesmen may wish the opposite were the
case. It is sobering tha t
The Christian Century’s
assessment o f the
Seventies’ Religious Books (issue o f Nov. 14, 1979) contains only
one volume specifically related to ou r theme: E.P. Sanders’
monumental
Paul and Palestinian Judaism
(Fortress Press, 1977),
which shows convincingly the e r ro r o f making Paul a suppo rt for
Christian “acceptance” o f Judaism. However, such a literary state
o f affairs as this must not obscure the dep th and bread th o f much
recent scholarship and literature in Christian-Jewish relations.