Since Martin Buber in Two Types of Faith acknowledged Jesus as his "great brother," other Jewish writers have sought to ascertain a place for Jesus within the larger context of Jewish history. In the aftermath of the Shoah, specifically in the afflicted consciousness of humanity, Jew and Christian alike began to ask how this tragedy could have happened, especially among and against people of faith. In an effort to assure that such a tragedy never happens again, the focus of some fell upon Jesus, previously the obstacle to reconciliation, but now perceived as the obvious and most viable bridge to span the chasm and assuage the wound of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian sentiments. Still others chose to join and expand the academic quest for the historical Jesus, adding Jewish voices to the effort to explore more rigorously and objectively the figure of Jesus in historical writing. In this unique and illuminating volume, Father Daniel F. Moore presents the historical identity of Jesus through lens of such Jewish scholars as Schalom Ben-Chorin, David Flusser, Geza Vermes, and Jacob Neuser. A useful book for those interesting in ecumenical discourse and Jesus studies.
About the Author
Daniel F. Moore, S.S., S.T.D., is currently the Vice-Rector of
Theological College, the university seminary at The Catholic University of
America, Washington, D.C. While fully engaged in the formation of young men to become priests, Fr. Moore is also an adjunct faculty member in School of Theology at the university.
Table of Contents
Chapter One"From A Different Angle"
Chapter TwoOf Glass and Stone: Sources & Inquiry
Samuel Sandmel, David Flusser and Geza Vermes
Chapter ThreeCreative Variations: Intuition & Imagination
Schalom Ben-Chorin, Pinchas Lapide, Jacob Neusnerand Eugene Borowitz
Chapter FourJesus Within Judaism: A Triptych
Chapter FiveJesus, Jewish Brother: Varying Motifs
Chapter Six"Novelty and Originality"