Selected Recent Books in Jewish-Christian Relations

Recently some important books were published in the United States of America. The authors of which all are, one way or another connected to ICCJ. Dr. Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD, announces three of them.

Compilation by Dr. Adam Gregerman, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD

Cunningham, Philip A., Joseph Sievers, Mary C. Boys, Hans Herman Henrix, and Jesper Svartvik, eds. Christ Jesus and the Jewish People Today: New Explorations of Theological Interrelationships. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2011.


An important collection of essays by prominent, mostly Catholic scholars grappling with the implications of affirming the Jews’ continuing covenant with God for traditional Christian belief, above all faith in the universal salvific significance of Jesus Christ. They discuss many complex exegetical, historical, and theological / Christological issues. It includes a foreword by Cardinal Walter Kasper and responses to the essays by Jewish scholars.


Levine, Amy-Jill, and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Annotated New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.


The first New Testament text annotated by Jewish scholars. It is a study Bible with both stand-alone essays on topics (e.g., food laws; rabbinic thought; the afterlife; the synagogue) and commentaries on each book that illuminate (with abundant references) the Jewish context of the Jesus movement.


Langer, Ruth. Cursing the Christians? A History of the Birkat Haminim. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Langer, a specialist in liturgy and Jewish-Christian relations, provides an authoritative study of the use and transformation of a prayer originally directed against opponents of the Jews, including sectarians and Christians. She charts its appearance in liturgies in late antiquity, the geonic and medieval periods, and modern times. She discusses the complex manuscript history and also addresses the challenges of such a prayer for contemporary relations between Jews and Christians.