Religion in

REL 347
Jewish-Christian Relations

Dr. Steve Jacobs

Office: Manly 201
Class: TR 2:00-3:15
Location: Manly 210
Office Hours: TR, 1:00-3:00 or by appointment



In this course, we will critically examine the 2,000-year old relationship between Jews and Christians, both historically and contemporarily, by focusing our microscope on such areas as the following: (1) Rabbinic Judaism or Jewish/Gentile Christianity; (2) Hebrew Bible or Old Testament/New Testament; (3) Jewish Messiah or Christian Jesus; (4) Jewish Mission or Great Commission; (5) Antisemitism or Anti-Judaism; (6) Holocaust or Shoah; (7) Land/State of Israel or Holy Land; (8) Jewish Movements or Christian Denominations. Class format will consist of lectures, discussions, reactions to readings, and student presentations.

Fall 2007 Syllabus (PDF)

Book List

Mary C. Boys, Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligations, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

Tikva Frymer-Kensky, et. al., (Eds.), Christianity in Jewish Terms, (Westview Press, 2002).

Irving Greenberg, For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christians, (Westview Press).

David Fox Sandmel, et. al. (Eds.), Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians, (Westview Press, 2001).


Arthur A. Cohen, "The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition" (PDF)

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration "Dominus Iesus" on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church

Jules Isaac, "The Teaching of Contempt Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism" (PDF)

Steven L. Jacobs, "Jewish Christian Relations" from War or Words (PDF)

Richard Neuhaus, "Salvation is from the Jews" (PDF)

John L. Pulley, "Seminaries on a Hill" (PDF)

Richard L. Rubenstein, "The Dean and the Chosen People" from (1966) After Auschwitz: Radical Theology and Contemporary Judaism. Indianapolis; The Bobbs-Merrill Company (PDF)

"The Christian Reclamation of Judaism"

"Notes on the Judeo-Christian Tradition in America"

"Effective Source Analysis"

Signer, Michael A., "Some Reflections on Dabru Emet" (PDF)

Soleveitchik, Joseph B., "Confrontation" (PDF)