Judaism and Other Religions: Models of Understanding

Paperback | December 17, 2014

byAlan Brill

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With insight and scholarship, Alan Brill crisply outlines traditional Jewish approached to other religions for an age of globalization. He provides a fresh perspective on Biblical and Rabbinic texts, offering new ways of thinking about other faiths. Brill develops the theological categories for Hewish text and classifies them according to terms widely used in interfaith work: inclusivist, exclusivist, universalist, and pluralist. Judaism and Other Religions is essential reading for anyone looking for a Jewish theological understanding of the issues involved in interfaith encounters. With passion and clarity, Brill argues that in today's world of strong religious passions and intolerance, it is necessary to go beyond secular tolerance toward moderate and mediating and mediating religious positions.

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With insight and scholarship, Alan Brill crisply outlines traditional Jewish approached to other religions for an age of globalization. He provides a fresh perspective on Biblical and Rabbinic texts, offering new ways of thinking about other faiths. Brill develops the theological categories for Hewish text and classifies them according...

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Professor in honor of Sister Rose Thering at Seton Hall University, USA, where he teaches Jewish Studies in the Graduate Department of Jewish-Christian Studies. He is a Rabbi active in interfaith work and is also the author of a companion volume, Judaism and World Religions (2012) and Thinking ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.61 inPublished:December 17, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340253

ISBN - 13:9780230340251

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Table of Contents

1. Beginning the Conversation
2. Theological Categories
3. Biblical and Talmudic Texts
4. The Inclusivist Tradition
5. The Universalist Tradition
6. Pluralism
7. The Exclusivist Tradition
8. Gentiles
9. The Phenomena of Religion
10. At The Dawn of a New Century

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"This wide-ranging but carefully organized collection of Jewish thought about other religions constitutes an indispensible resource for Jews and non-Jews engaged in interreligious relations today and for Jews seeking to develop a text-based contemporary Jewish theology of religions for our global world. Brill accompanies his lucid presentations of each approach with insightful critiques that will help guide their contemporary applications." - Ruth Langer, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology Department Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College, USA"Serious Jewish engagement with other religions has substantially deepened and widened in recent years, both stimulating and responding to an increasing interest in Judaism from within the other world religions. Brill's book provides essential access to the classical sources within the Jewish tradition relevant to this encounter." - Rabbi Dr. David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC, USA"This is an excellent work: reflective, engaging, well-written, and perhaps most important - timely. Brill knows both the theoretical foundations for interreligious dialogue and rabbinic approaches to 'other religions.' It is a fine piece of scholarship, and it is also creative in bringing together three fields of discourse in a way they have not before been aligned. It blends both traditional and modern thinking about interreligious dialogue, and it analyzes these materials convincingly." - Nathan Katz, Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University, USA "Brill has done a notable, indeed a remarkable, service in this book, primarily for his fellow Jewish believers and theologians but also for Christians, Muslims, and others engaged in interreligious dialogue. He has admirably carried out the formidable task he assigned himself—to take the necessary first step of gathering the abundant sources for a Jewish theology of religions. But he has also made clear some of the next steps that those sources make possible, or even demand." - Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture, Union Theological Seminary, USA"An important book both in terms of scholarship and vision, Judaism and Other Religions surveys Judaism's wide-ranging attitude toward other faiths as well as non-Jews in general. While an important piece of scholarship, the book is not merely an academic exercise. Brill recognizes the difficulties in many traditional sources (some of them extremely disturbing) that conflict with the ethics and reality of 21st century Judaism. Rather than sweep these passages under the rug, Brill outlines strategies for Jews who want to remain true to traditional sources while interacting with the other 99.75% of the world. Brill's writing is concise and clear." - Daniel Scheide, Association of Jewish Libraries Book Review, USA"Dr, Brill makes his argument cogently, and promises to expand it in the forthcoming second volume of this book. I have only two reservations about this excellent work of scholarship and the point of view that it sets forth. My first is that it may be a bit too soon after the Holocaust for Jews to be able to recognize and respond to the transformation within Christianity that he says he sees. And the other is that I regret that this important book is so expensive that it will probably only be read by scholars in the field, when it ought to be a challenge and a stimulus to all Jews." - Rabbi Jack Riemer, Editor, Torah Fax"It is exciting to see a book of Jewish philosophy go beyond the frameworks of Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Judaism. This book is especially appropriate for students, teachers, and professors of Jewish thought and for any reader interested in interfaith matters." - Jewish Book Council