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Author: Michael A. Signer
Session numbers, lectures notes, video links for the course, "Jews and Christians throughout History" at the University of Notre Dame
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Readings
1
INTRODUCTION

The three "registers" of Jewish-Christian relations: "disputation, "deliberation", "dialogue". 
  • Boys, Has God Only One Blessing? 5-14 (preview)
  • Freymer-Kensky et. al., Christianity in Jewish Terms, 1-24 (preview)
2
Nostra Aetate
  • "Nostra Aetate" (read online)
  • Boys, Has God Only One Blessing? 15-74 (preview)
  • Brooks, Unanswered Questions, 13-47
3
BACK TO THE SOURCES: ORIGINS OF HOSTILITY

The Problem of Christian Origins and Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Boys, Has God Only One Blessing? 87-174 (preview)
4
Gospels: Matthew and John
  • Di Sante, "The 'Old' and 'New' Covenants" in Seeds of Reconciliation
5
Paul: Epistle to Galatians and Romans
  • Di Sante, "The Torah as Law in Judaism" in Seeds of Reconciliation
6
Paul: Epistle to the Romans
7
Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Attridge, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews,  1-34, 198-205
8
Time for Refection: Is there One Story of Origins?
  • Boys, Has God Only One Blessing? 75-86 (preview)
9
THE PARTED WAYS

Jews in Ancient Christian Writers
  • Epistle of Barnabas (online translations)
  • "Melito of Sardis" in The Christological Controversy, pgs. 33-47 (preview)
  • St. Augustine, "In Answer to the Jews", Treatises on Marriage and Other Subjects/The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation,   pgs. 391-413.
  • Cohen, Living Letters of the Law 23-94 (preview)
10
The Rabbis on Pagans, Sectarians, Christians
  • Lauterbach, ed., Mekhilta de-Rabbi Ishmael, Volume II/Tractate Baodesh, pgs. 229-236
  • Midrash Rabbah, Soncino Press, 1939, pgs. 50-53 (download here)
  • Bavli Gittin Folio 56b-57a (read online 56b, 57a)
  • Christianity in Talmud and Midrash, pgs. 82-83, 118-119, 146-147, and 178-179. (read online)
  • "Disputations and Polemics", Encyclopedia. Judaica: Volume 6, pgs. 79-103.
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THE MEDIEVAL ENCOUNTER: DISPUTATION

Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe
  • Cohen, Living Letters of the Law 95-218 (preview)
  • "History", Encyclopaedia Judaica  Volume 8, pgs. 651-692
12
Private Disputation Manuals
  • Kimhi, The Book of the Covenant (all, but focus on pgs. 32-42) (preview)
13
At the Extremes: Blood Libel, Host Desecration
  • J.R. Marcus, The Jew in the Medieval World, pgs. 121-157 (preview)
  • G. Langmuir, Toward a Definition of Antisemitism, pgs. 263-300 (preview)
14


The Public Disputations: Christian Evangelism and Jewish Response
  • Maccoby, Judaism on Trial, pgs.19-150, 153-167
  • Katz, Exclusiveness and Tolerance, pgs. 106-113 (preview)
  • Cohen, Living Letters of the Law, pgs. 387-389 (preview)
15
INTO MODERNITY: THE GERMAN-JEWISH QUESTION

Martin Buber
  • "Church, State, Nation, Jewry" in Jewish Perspectives on Christianity, pgs. 132-153.
  • "Two Types of Faith" in Jewish Perspectives on Christianity, pgs. 143-153.
16
Franz Rosenzweig
  • "Star of Redemption" in Jewish Perspectives on Christianity, pg. 187.
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AFTER THE ABYSS. CONTEMPORARY DIALOGUE

Disputation Continued?
Joseph Soloveitchik and Moses Feinstein
  • Soloveitchik, "Confrontation" in A Treasury of Tradition, pgs. 55-80.
  • Ellensen, "A Jewish Legal Authority Addresses Jewish-Christian Dialogue" (preview)
18
Dialogue Renewed: Abraham J. Heschel
  • "No Religion is an Island" and "The God of Israel and Christian Renewal" in Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity, Essays, pgs. 235-285. (preview)
19
Rethinking the Christian Relationship with Judaism
Systematic Rethinking
  • Boys, Has God Only One Blessing?, 177-278, 18-20 (preview)
  • Mussner, Tractate on the Jews, 1-51
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger), Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church and the World
  • Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger), " Introduction to "The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible"  (read online)
20
CONFRONTING THE SHOAH: FIFTY YEARS LATER
  • Catholics Remember the Holocaust (preview)
  • Klenicki, "On Christianity: Towards a Process of Historical and Spiritual Healing" in Hargrove's Seeds of Reconciliation
  • "Theology from the Depths: New Directions in Germany" in Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians, 61-103  (preview)

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DABRU EMET AND A SACRED OBLIGATION
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