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Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Nov 2005

Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

Almost two millennia of confrontation, vilification and recrimination marked the relationship of the offspring Christianity and its mother religion, Judaism from the first century. Now, a new chapter of the encounter has opened since Vatican II with a papal declaration on the relation of the Church to Judaism and to non-Christian religions. A meaningful dialogue of mutual respect was pursued that led to the apologetic reconciliation and positive reorientation to the common Biblical tradition of Jews and Christians. The encounter has now changed from past relationship of disputation and intolerance to seeking understanding from the ground of faith in canonical ...


Temple And Jerusalem In Jewish Life Of The Medieval Diaspora, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Apr 2005

Temple And Jerusalem In Jewish Life Of The Medieval Diaspora, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

This paper examines the importance of the Temple in Jewish tradition and the presence of Jews and their rabbinic leaders in Jerusalem throughout the Middle Ages. The paper was presented at the 40th International Conference on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University on May 6, 2005.