After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Richard HarriesAfter the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Richard Harries

After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust

byRichard Harries

Hardcover | July 31, 2003

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The evil of the holocaust demands a radical rethink of the traditional Christian understanding of Judaism. This does not mean jettisoning Christianity's deepest convictions in order to make it conform to Judaism. Rather, Richard Harries develops the work of recent Jewish scholarship to discernresonances between central Christian and Jewish beliefs.This thought-provoking book offers fresh approaches to contentious and sensitive issues. A key chapter on the nature of forgiveness is sympathetic to the Jewish charge that Christians talk much too easily about forgiveness. Another chapter on suffering in Judaism and Christianity rejects the usualstereotypes and argues for important common ground, for example in the idea that God suffers in the suffering of his people. There are also chapters on the state of Israel and the place of Jerusalem in Christian and Jewish thought.Richard Harries argues that the basic covenant is not with either Judaism or Christianity but with humanity. These, like other religions, are different, distinctive voices in response to God's primal affirmation of human life, which for Christians is achieved and given in the life, death, andresurrection of Jesus Christ.In the light of this the author maintains - controversially - that Christians should not be trying to convert Jews to Christianity. Rather Jews and Christians should stand together and build on the great amount they have in common to work together for a better world.
Richard Harries has been Bishop of Oxford since 1987, prior to which he was Dean of King's College, London. He has been involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue for more than twenty years, including nine as Chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews. He has also been a parish priest and a lecturer in Christian doctrine.
Title:After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the HolocaustFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.58 inPublished:July 31, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Unspeakable Evil2. After the Evil - What?3. Jewish and Christian Responses to Suffering4. Forgive and Forget?5. The Covenant with Humanity6. Should Christians Try to Convert Jews?7. Israel in Christian Thought8. Jerusalem in Religious Perspective9. Jewish Attitudes Towards Christianity10. The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Christ11. Shared Hope and a Common Task12. The Unfinished Agenda

Editorial Reviews

`Harries provides an easily accessible and pleasantly readable investigation into the key themes.'Interreligious Insight