Jacob’s Younger Brother: Christian-Jewish Relations after Vatican II (Paperback)
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Jacob’s Younger Brother: Christian-Jewish Relations after Vatican II (Paperback)

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Published: 01/05/2024
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“An astute and evenhanded study of how both faiths view themselves and each other.”
Publishers Weekly

“An illuminating and important new book…An intellectual, cultural, and political challenge…[F]or anyone for whom the Jewish-Christian story is an important element in defining his or her identity.”
—Israel Jacob Yuval, Haaretz

“An extraordinarily sophisticated, insightful and provocative examination of how Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews addressed the prospect of reconciliation in the second half of the twentieth century.”
—Glenn C. Altschuler, Jerusalem Post

“A volume from which both Jewish and Catholic scholars may learn…This is an excellent book.”
—Eugene J. Fisher, Catholic News Service

A new chapter in Jewish-Christian relations opened in the second half of the twentieth century when the Second Vatican Council exonerated Jews from the accusation of deicide and declared that the Jewish people had never been rejected by God. In a few carefully phrased statements, two millennia of deep hostility were swept into the trash heap of history.

But old animosities die hard. While Catholic and Jewish leaders publicly promoted interfaith dialogue, doubts remained behind closed doors. Drawing on extensive research in contemporary rabbinical literature, Karma Ben-Johanan shows that Jewish leaders welcomed the Catholic condemnation of antisemitism but were less enthusiastic about the Church’s sudden urge to claim their friendship. Catholic theologians hoped Vatican II would turn the page on an embarrassing history, while Orthodox rabbis, in contrast, believed they were finally free to say what they thought of Christianity.

Jacob’s Younger Brother pulls back the veil of interfaith dialogue to reveal how Orthodox rabbis and Catholic leaders spoke about each other when outsiders were not in the room. There Ben-Johanan finds Jews reluctant to accept the latest whims of a Church that had unilaterally dictated the terms of Jewish-Christian relations for centuries.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674295582
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An extraordinarily sophisticated, insightful and provocative examination of how Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews addressed the prospect of reconciliation in the second half of the twentieth century. - Glenn C. Altschuler, Jerusalem Post

A volume from which both Jewish and Catholic scholars may learn…This is an excellent book. - Eugene J. Fisher, Catholic News Service

A sobering book…Ben-Johanan tells a full story of the evolution of an uneasy relationship between these siblings, Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism…The message of this book is important to everyone involved in interfaith work, because the language of interfaith work is too often a gesture without teeth. - Jon M. Sweeney, Christian Century

An illuminating and important new book…An intellectual, cultural, and political challenge…[F]or anyone for whom the Jewish-Christian story is an important element in defining his or her identity. - Israel Jacob Yuval, Haaretz

Ben-Johanan’s remarkable new book…explores the story of Nostra Aetate and its influence on Jewish-Christian relations. - Malka Z. Simkovich, Jewish Review of Books

An astute and evenhanded study of how both faiths view themselves and each other. - Publishers Weekly

Karma Ben-Johanan is the first scholar to ask how Catholics and Jews found a language to speak to each other after the Holocaust. As a theologian and a historian, she knows well the difficulty they faced: building bridges to one another while carefully guarding the boundaries of their own traditions. In this fascinating and sobering book, she uncovers why—despite the best of intentions—church and synagogue continue to perplex one another. - John Connelly, author of From Enemy to Brother

Hard-hitting and groundbreaking, Jacob’s Younger Brother will have a long‐lasting impact on Jewish-Catholic relations. - Gavin D’Costa, author of Catholic Doctrines on Jews after the Second Vatican Council

A new and bold contribution to an often stereotyped and petrified discourse. Indispensable for anybody engaged in the Jewish-Christian dialogue. - Peter Schäfer, author of Two Gods in Heaven

A refreshingly honest and deeply thought-provoking book on the mutual perception of Jews and Christians in the late twentieth century. Ben-Johanan provides new interpretations of John Paul II and Ratzinger/Benedict XVI’s writings. She also guides her readers through the ongoing heated debates among Orthodox Jewish thinkers confronted with a newly friendly Christian community. Jacob’s Younger Brother is required reading for anyone interested in Jewish-Christian relations today. - Etienne Vetö, Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

This is a groundbreaking book and a must-read for all interested in contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue. The Jewish Orthodox perspective is thoughtfully explained and brilliantly integrated, for the first time, alongside its Catholic counterpart. - Christoph Markschies, author of God’s Body

An excellent book. - Eugene J. Fisher, Detroit Catholic

Thoughtful…Ben-Johanan offers a concise overview of the evolution of Catholic teachings on Jews over the centuries. - Times of Israel

This incisive book is a critical overview of modern developments in Christian–Jewish relations…Provides an intellectually stimulating and sometimes disturbing read. - David Maayan, Current Dialogue

For anyone interested in studying Christian-Jewish relations, from beginner to advanced student, this volume is a must-read. - Mindy C. Reiser, Association of Jewish Libraries

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