Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom Hardback

Engagements with the Theology of David Novak

by Matthew Levering;

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Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom

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This is an authoritative discussion of constructive Jewish-Christian philosophical and theological dialogue, drawing upon David Novak's work on interfaith relations. This book inquires as to whether theological dialogue between Christians and Jews is possible, not only in itself but also as regards the emergence of communities of Messianic Judaism. In light of David Novak's insights, Matthew Levering proposes that Christian theological responses to supersessionism need to preserve both the Church's development of doctrine and Rabbinic Judaism's ability to define its own boundaries. The book undertakes constructive philosophical theology in dialogue with Novak. Exploring the interrelated doctrines of divine providence/theonomy, the image of God, and natural law, Levering places Novak's work in conversation especially with Thomas Aquinas, whose approach fosters a rich dialogue with Novak's broadly Maimonidean perspective. It focuses upon the relationship of human beings to the Creator, with attention to the philosophical entailments of Jewish and Christian covenantal commitments, aiming to spell out what true freedom involves.It concludes by asking whether Christians and Jews would do better to bracket our covenantal commitments in pursuing such wisdom. Drawing upon Novak's work, the author argues that in the face of suffering and death, God's covenantal election makes possible hope, lacking which the quest for wisdom runs aground.

Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom by Matthew Levering was published by Continuum in March 2010. The ISBN for Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom is 9781441133649.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (March 2010)
Number of Pages220
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3127946
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