Sunday, 13 March 2016
Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002
Chapter 14, "Covenant and Conversion" (pp. 163-174), page 166-167
Spillman points out that in the last fifty years there have been quite a few public curch statements about Jewish-Christian relations, some stressing partnership, some intimacy.
Many factors have prompted these recent reconsiderations: Christian scholars, in the last fifty years, have given much attention to the Hebrew Scripture and have come to better appreciate this scripture. As more Christians seriously study Judaism, they have a better understanding of Jewish teaching and a greater appreciation of the power and beauty of the tradition. Christiand have come to an increasing awareness of how the teaching of contempt helped lay the groundwork for the Shoar. The recognition that many Christians were perpetrators in the Shoah as well as bystanders has given urgency to this reconsideration. In addition to these considerations, a growing number of theologians anf church leaders have come to see the relationship between Judaism and Christianity as a central theological question, at the very heart of faith.
That's all very well and good, but I hear nothing in this of the Messianic Jewish movement, Jews who are and remain Jews but embrace faith in Yeshua; I hear nothing of E P Sanders and the "New Perspective on Paul" that sprang from his groundbreaking work, let alone the "Paul in Judaism" movement that is gathering pace in these days (admittedly, to be fair, after Seeing Judaism Anew was written). Joann Spillman still sees Judaism and Christianity as distinct, however closely related and fails to grasp that they are really one.