Halachah and Reform Judaism

Marmur, Dow

This essay tries to describe some lines of demarcation between the holy and the profane, the permitted and the prohibited. Although we may be living in a 'post-halachic' age, we must still take halachah seriously, for Jewish law, even when no longer operative, still forms the very foundation of our tradition. … [more]

The Gospel of Mark and Judaism

McFarlane, Robert

Mark could be a helpful source in considering the relationship between Judaism and Christianity at an early point in the process of ‘the parting of the ways’ than that represented by the other gospels. … [more]

From Jewish Movement to Gentile Church

McLaren, James

Exploring the formative and definitive developments. At what point in time can we appropriately speak of these followers as part of a religion that was gentile as opposed to it being a movement within the umbrella of Judaism? … [more]

What we miss about God, when we miss the Jews

Minz, Karl-Heinz

A Catholic systematic theologian discusses 'some inextricable and open questions as they present themselves today within Catholic theology and the Catholic Church'. The 'absence of the Jews' in Christian theology. … [more]

Works Righteousness and the Synagogue of Satan

Mitchell, Nigel B.

Rethinking Christian Caricatures of 1st Century Judaism. The Christian story cannot be told, in classroom or pulpit, without reference to 'the Jews'. In the last 50 years, many crude racist stereotypes have almost entirely disappeared from the language and mindset of popular Christianity, but the pejorative depiction of 'the Jews''in much of the New Testament ensures that negative attitudes to Jews and Judaism continue to be promulgated as part of the Christian message. … [more]

Theology after Auschwitz. A Provisional Program

Mussner, Franz

Theology after Auschwitz cannot be identical with theology before Auschwitz. Theology after Auschwitz takes appalled cognizance of the terrible events of the Shoah. … [more]

Antisemitism in English Literature: The Shakespeare Case

Opie, Jack

Theology and Literature (3) - Jack Opie, an Australian playwright, examines The Merchant of Venice and other references to Jews in Shakespeare’s play. … [more]

Jewish Self-Understanding in the Early Centuries of the Common Era

Paltiel, Eliezer

To understand the formative stage of Talmudic Judaism, it is very important to glance at the period before the actual destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple. The period discussed is really starting from the middle of the first century through about the middle of the third century. … [more]

At the Crossroads: The Jewish-Christian Schism

Schiffman, Lawrence H.

Lawrence H. Schiffman, chairman of the department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, discusses the manner in which Judaism and Christianity separated from each other and came to conceive of each other as 'the other.' … [more]

What really are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Schiffman, Lawrence H.

The basic outlines of this material and its importance for the history of Judaism and the background of Christianity. … [more]