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Jews and Christians alike seek out answers to some of life's most vexing problems in the Bible, yet we often come to very different conclusions about what is fair, what is best, and what is right. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident that in our understandings of the conflicts in the middle-east.
A Jewish Perspective on Israel, Covenant, and the Land
Publication Date:
4/21/2010
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0386

Various authors and scholars have written Thoughtful Christian studies on the Middle East, including the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. This study is written by a Jewish man who has lived in Israel. We encourage participants to respectfully consider the writer's views on some of the toughest issues facing all faiths today.

The goals for this session are to explore the theological divide between Christians and Jews that is grounded in different understandings of covenant, to examine the intersections as well as the differences in Christian and Jewish paths in joining together to be God's agents of good in the world, and to reflect on ways to bridge the divide.

In this study, the author refers to a conversation he had with a colleague who asked, "Why is it that when we talk theology, you talk politics?" In fact, for the Jewish people the two are inextricably linked and the issues they touch are at the heart of the covenant the Jews share with God.

Often, this Jewish focus on an embodied, carnal world positioned in land and family relationship sounds strange to Christians seeking a spiritual union with God. But for the Jewish people seeking the realization of the Bible's covenantal promise, theology is sociology and demographics; it is geography and soil conservation; it is politics and economics.

And it is our responsibility as Christians seeking a true peace on earth to understand that. This study will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

Martha Bettis-Gee is Associate for Child Advocacy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


David Elcott is the Taub Professor in Practice of Public Service and Leadership at the Wagner School of New York Uuniversity and the former National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee.


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