Jews and Christians, getting our stories straight : the Exodus and the Passion-Resurrection /
Michael Goldberg.
Nashville : Abingdon Press, c1985.
224 p. ; 22 cm.
0687203309 (pbk.)
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Nashville : Abingdon Press, c1985.
0687203309 (pbk.)
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Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
This nontechnical work offers a theological commentary on the distinctive Jewish and Christian foundational narratives of Exodus-Covenant and Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Goldberg has two aims: to (1) ``get Jews and Christians to understand where their stories and their lives run on track together,'' and to (2) ``have them also comprehend where-and why-their stories and their lives critically diverge.'' The author treats each story in its particular literary and religious context and asks what it reveals about God, humanity, and one's life in the world. He concludes by discussing some fundamental agreements and irreconcilable differences between these ``master stories.'' Though the aims of this book are laudable, and the comparative study is welcome and suggestive, Goldberg often goes no further than the banal and simplistic. Also, his literary approach obscures a fact of comparative religions that should have been better communicated to the general reader: that one's identity as Christian or Jew is not simply rooted in a master story, but also in an evolved culture of interpretation. For example, it is Matthew's Gospel read with Pauline eyes that proves decisive for many Christians; or for countless Jews, the Exodus-Covenant story is heard with the passion of Torah centeredness as expressed in rabbinic Judaism. Finally, Goldberg diminishes interfaith understanding by failing to help Christians come to terms with the triumphant, theological anti-Judaism built into their Gospels. If supplemented, the book is suitable for lower-level undergraduates, the general reader, and lay study groups.-B.O. Long, Bowdoin College
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