Catholics and Jews in Twentieth-Century America

Catholics and Jews in Twentieth-Century America

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A lively account of the hard path away from mutual suspicion toward reconciliation
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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 157 x 239.5 x 27.2mm | 635.04g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252026845
  • 9780252026843

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"Here [Feldman] takes up the American Jewish-Catholic relationship and its remarkable development over the course of the 20th century. In doing so he has given a precious gift to both communities... I would commend him for his balance and sure-footedness while narrating a number of extremely complex and sensitive issues and incidents... I can highly recommend this book." -- Eugene J. Fisher, Moment "Draws voluminously from books and articles representing wide-ranging views of events and attitudes of the last century... Recommended ... especially for its assemblage of materials on issues long in need of healing." -- Library Journal "Feldman traces the tortuous journey in Catholic thinking from the theology of contempt that held sway through the first half of the 20th century to the era of dialogue that ensued after Vatican II's groundbreaking Declaration on the Jews. More than half the book is devoted to a careful look at Catholic attempts to come to terms with its legacy of antisemitism, its growing awareness of the Holocaust as a fundamental rupture in Christian self-understanding, and the political and theological complexities of Zionism and the state of Israel." -- Choice "In this interesting and timely book Feldman has traced the story of how [anti-semitic] communal attitudes have shifted over the past hundred years." -- Virginia Quarterly Review "A lively, informative and eminently readable account of the sometimes-halting journey away from mutual animus and suspicion, toward popular reconciliation and understanding... An invaluable interpretive and informational source." -- Joshua Zeitz, Association of Contemporary Church Historians Newsletter ADVANCE PRAISE:"In a lucid and comprehensive overview of Catholic/Jewish relations in the twentieth century, Dr. Feldman provides depth of historical perspective and analysis to the major issues affecting relations between two critical American religious minorities. A combination of first-rate scholarship and eminently readable prose." -- Steven Bayme, director of Contemporary Jewish Life, American Jewish Committee
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