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JST 625 - The Jewish-Christian Encounter

This course will examine the relationship between Christians and Jews over the centuries, and will focus on the following questions: If the earliest Christians were all Jews, why has the relationship between Christianity and Judaism been frequently hostile over the centuries? In what ways have Judaism and Christianity influenced each other? Did church teaching play any role in the Nazi genocide of Jews? How has the encounter between the two traditions changed in recent decades? What are today’s pressing challenges? How can Jews and Christians develop greater mutual understanding of each other?