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A History of Judaism and Christianity

Towards Healing of the Original Wound of Division

by Donald Swenson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/15/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781664237407
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781664237414
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781664237421

About the Book

This book, pastoral in nature, is to provide the reader with an in-depth analysis of the challenging history of Judaism, Israel, and the Christian church. After offering an introduction to the First Testament (in Hebrew, Tanakh), the author proceeds to portray an image of Early Christianity or the Jesus Movement during the Apostolic Era to the beginning of the fourth century. During the early part of this era, there was a vibrant union between Jewish believers in Jesus (in Hebrew, Yeshua) and Gentile believers in Jesus. However, over these years, anti-Semitism grew within the Christian Church that resulted in a wound of division between the two segments of the Christian faith. This division resulted in anti-Semitic attitudes, discrimination, exiles and pogroms against the Jewish people, the nation of Israel. This lead, in part to one of the most tragic events in human history, the Holocaust or the Shoah. The author documents factors, both distal and proximate, of the tragedy. Beginning in the decade after WWII, the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and, the Catholic Council called Vatican Council II, new hopes for repentance, reconciliation, and healing have begun between the Christian Church, Israel and Messianic Judaism.

Sources to the work emerge from the theologies of Judaism, Christianity, and Messianic Judaism. The document is framed sociologically by using ideal types and historical sociological materials.

The goal is for the Christian Church to remember, repent of her collective sins against the Jewish people and to journey towards reconciliation among Jews, Messianic Jews, and Christians.

About the Author

Donald Swenson, Ph. D, is Professor Emeritus of Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Canada. Professor Swenson has a BA degree in theology (University of Ottawa), a MA in sociology (the University of Calgary), and a PhD in sociology (Notre Dame University). His academic career spans nearly fifty years and his Christian life for sixty. He has presented over 40 papers and seven books on the sociology of the family and religion. His current interest is involvement, both academically and practically, in critical matters of Israel, Messianic Judaism, and Christian unity.