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Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians Throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer

Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians Throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer

Hardback Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies (Hardcover)

Edited by Franklin T. Harkins, Foreword by John H. Van Engen, Contributions by Arnold J. Band, Contributions by Jeremy Cohen, Contributions by Boyd Taylor Coolman, Contributions by Dale M. Coulter, Contributions by David Ellenson, Contributions by Deborah L. Goodwin, Contributions by Angela Kim Harkins, Contributions by Franklin T. Harkins

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  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 32mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Notre Dame IN
  • ISBN 10: 0268030901
  • ISBN 13: 9780268030902
  • Illustrations note: port.
  • Sales rank: 1,101,887

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"Transforming Relations" is a collection of original essays on the history of Jews and Christians in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the modern era that honors the influential work of Michael A. Signer (1945-2009). Reflecting the breadth of Signer's research and pedagogical interests, the essays treat various aspects of the Jewish-Christian relationship through the centuries, from the divine law in antiquity to philosemitism in contemporary Christianity, from scriptural interpretation in the twelfth century to Christian Hebraism in the fifteenth, and from the presentation of Christianity in the Talmud and Midrashim to modern Christian understandings of Judaism. The essays are unified in their emphases on two principles that pervaded Signer's scholarly work: that the sacred texts shared by Jews and Christians serve simultaneously as a point of convergence and divergence for the two religious communities, and that modern practitioners of Judaism and Christianity must recognize and appreciate the other as part of a living tradition. A fitting tribute to Signer's wide-ranging work, the volume aims to complement and continue his passionate and learned work of transforming relations between Jews and Christians. It will appeal to a broad readership, including historians of Judaism and Christianity, scholars of the Middle Ages, students of the history of biblical exegesis, and systematic theologians. Michael A. Signer was the Adams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture at the University of Notre Dame from 1992 until his death in 2009. Among his many publications are the edited volumes "Memory and History in Christianity and Judaism" and "Jews and Christians in Twelfth-Century Europe", both published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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FRANKLIN T. HARKINS is assistant professor of theology at Fordham University.