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Christian-Jewish relations

New: Jewish resources for reading the Bible from a Jewish perspective

Torah: A Women's Commentary, edited by Tamara Cohn-Eskanazi, the first comprehensive commentary on the Five Books of Moses authored only by women and at the initiative of Women of Reform Judaism. Will ship in December 2007 and is now available for pre-order with special pricing.

I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms, by Debra Band with analysis of each illustrated psalm by Arnold Band, a beautiful 128-page art book in English and Hebrew for prayer, study, and gift giving. Available in August 2007 at an introductory sale price from the Jewish Publication Society.

Presbyterian and joint resources

Toward a Theological Understanding of the Relationship Between Christians and Jews, commended to the church for study and reflection by the 199th General Assembly (1987). Download this resource, with a study guide PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Brief Brochure, Christians and Jews (PDS #74-292-01-001)

Should the Ten Commandments Be Displayed in Public? by Nancy Duff, #TC0022 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded, discusses the theological issue raised for Christians and Jews.

Christians and Jews - People of God. Church Issues #7 in the Theology and Worship occasional paper series, bringing together documents on this relationship that are of special interest to Presbyterians. (See the contents by clicking on the PDS number.) PDS #70-420-05-004.

How the Rapture Involves Israel by Eugene March, #TC0001 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded online

Israel in the Theology of Calvin: Towards a New Approach to the Old Testament and Judaism A translation from German. Download.PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Judaism by Jay Rock, #TC0020 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded online

Open Doors, Open Minds, a resource prepared by the Union for Reform Judaism to be used for joint study and discussion by Christian and Jewish congregations. Presbyterians will find additional help for such a study in the Presbyterian Supplement created as a companion piece.

Resolution on All Forms of Anti-Semitism, adopted by the 202nd General Assembly (1990)

Thinking and Working Together: Study and Action Suggestions for Jewish and Christian Congregations, created by the PC(USA) and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) in 1993, offers a number of plans for congregations wanting to study or engage in a project together. The material includes resources and guidelines for use when groups engage in conversation on Middle East issues. Download this resource PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Resources from other sources

A Sacred Obligation: Rethinking Christian Faith in Relation to Judaism and the Jewish People, a statement by the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations

Bearing Faithful Witness, a series of materials from the United Church of Canada

Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations by Edward Kessler and James Aitken, eds., 2006, Paulist Press. ISBN 0809143925.

Dabru Emet, a statement on Christians and Christianity made by the National Jewish Scholars Project that has been called to the attention of members of the PC(USA)

Evangelical and Israel: Theological Roots of a Political Alliance, by Donald Wagner, an article by a Presbyterian minister and professor at North Park University

Jewish-Christian Relations, the extensive International Council of Christians and Jews web site

From Time to Time a New Shipment of History Arrives: The Church, the Synagogue, and the Dilemma of the Middle East, a lecture at United Theological Seminaries by the UCC's John Thomas, looks at the theological statements of 1987 in light of recent developments and draws a theological conclusion

newJews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, two-hour PBS video based on a book by Marvin Wilson, Our Father Abraham: Roots of the Christian Faith. Guide available. Can be purchased with public performance rights from the National Council of Churches.

The Jewish People . . . and the Christian Bible , a document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, video with study guide, available through the NCC interfaith office

Judaism “Quick Guide,” a resource of the Episcopal Church Interfaith Education Initiative

The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine, ISBN #978-0-06-078966-4. Levine, who is an Orthodox Jewish professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School, writes for the general public as she insists on the necessity of seeing Jesus as a Jew whose words were frequently addressed to Jews. Understanding this, she believes, is an antidote to anti-Semitism. The book ultimately offers a list of suggestions for interfaith dialogue between Jews and Christians.

The National Jewish Population Survey, 2000-01. Strength, Challenge and Diversity in the American Jewish Population , available at the United Jewish Communities web site

Nostre Aetate After 40 Years: A Decisive Change, by Michael Signer, a Jewish scholar who teaches at the University of Notre Dame, with discussion questions available.

Paper Clips, Educational Version, a DVD and lesson materials for grades 6-12 available from through the Anti-Defamation League, to help youth conceptualize the magnitutde of the Holocaust; based on the real-life teaching that emerged in a Tennessee middle school

The Passion of Christ, a resource of the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies that has a good section on biblical considerations, including a description of a group method used to study these

Reflections on Covenant and Mission, from a consultation of the National Council of Synagogues and the [Catholic] Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Talking Points: Topics in Christian-Jewish Relations, a set of resources of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America available online

The Willowbrook Declaration, a statement of the Willowbrook Consultation on the Gospel and the Jewish People sponsored by the World Evangelical Fellowship and supported by the Lausanne Committee. See also the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, the LCJE Bulletin, and their links.

Windows for Understanding: Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran Relations, ELCA study material with many parts that can be helpful to others, downloadable from the ELCA web site.PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Christian-Muslim relations

New: a Muslim resource on Islamophobia and anti-Americanism

Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies, edited by Mohamed Nimer. Based on a 2005 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), sees the two phenomena globally as feeding one another. ISBN #10-1590080459 and ISBN #13-978-1590080450.

Presbyterian and Presbyterian-adopted resources

A Study on Islam, action growing out of the Islamic Study advisory committee's work, adopted by the 199th General Assembly (1987)

 Abraham and Ibrahim: the Bible and the Qur’an Told to Children by Francien van Overbeeke- Rippen with a study guide by Kenneth and Margaret Thomas, a resource for teaching children about Islam. Order from PDS, ISBN 1-57153-072-X.

Brief Brochure, Christians and Muslims

Cartoons of Muhammad: Free Speech or Sacriligious Offense? by Ted Peters, #TC0080 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded online

Christian Fasting by Lynne Baab, #TC0099 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be
downloaded, should be a valuable help to Christian self-understanding for those engaged in dialogue about this practice

Christians and Muslims in Dialogue: Facets of a Relationship, a resource that originally grew out of listening to the experiences of Presbyterians involved in these relationships; includes very simple explanations of Islam and Christian relations with Islam. PDS #74-292-02-001.

Islam by Marston Speight, #TC0046 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded

Islam and Christianity by Mitali Perkins, a young adult resource in the We Believe curriculum, order #613600; for the author’s description of the motivation for writing, click here.

Introduction to the Koran by Nancy Mikoski, #TC0102 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded

Shi’ites and Sunnis: Sibling Rivalry in the Muslim Family by Elias Mallon, #TC0060 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded

Striving Together in Dialogue: A Muslim-Christian Call to Reflection and Action, a document prepared by Muslim-Christian dialogue hosted by the World Council of Churches and adopted by the PC(USA) for guidance. Download PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

You Shall Love Your Neighbor: Christians and Muslims in a Time of Fear, Church & Society magazine, January/February 1994, grows out of a basic World Council of Churches statement, “Issues in Christian-Muslim Relations: Ecumenical Considerations,” commended by the 205th General Assembly (1993) for study and implementation. The WCC statement is included, together with articles that explore its facets. PDS #72630-94-601 (Use the Quick Order button; order by number, not by title).

What Did the Pope Mean? Christianity, Islam, and the Struggle for Understanding by Steve Lytch, #TC0085 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded, discusses the Pope's comments, issues it raises, and actions Christians might take.

Resources from other sources

Collections & Stories of American Muslims (CSAM), web site on the history of Islam in America, particularly important for tracing African-American history from early years in the nation's development.

Faith Matters: Sunnis and Shias, broadcast on WNPR featuring three Muslim graduate students at Hartford Seminary, for listening online

Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers by John Kaltner. ISBN 0-8146-5882-2.

Islam in American Protestant Thought, article by Thomas S. Kidd, in Books & Culture, October 2006, and available for download. PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader See a commentary in Sightings, September 11, 2006, "Muslim-Protestant Relations" by Martin Marty.

Islam Project, centered around a web site and encompasses two PBS films, "Legacy of a Prophet" and "Muslims," as well as the American Muslim Teens Talk video with lesson plans, a series of online maps, and a community engagement component now functioning in a number of larger cities in partnership with local entities, including Auburn Seminary in New York City.  "Legacy of a Prophet" has a special study guide made available from the NCC interfaith office.

islamicfinder.com, web site for calculating local times for prayer and locating local Islamic institutions

ISNA 2006 convention videos, various speakers and topics related to the theme, "Achieving Balance in Faith, Balance and Community"

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, a video presentation by KQED, available with a study guide from the NCC interfaith office

Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives by the Midwest Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims, 2006, USCCB Publishing. The result of eight years of dialogue, providing an introduction through looking at a fundamental concept in both religions. ISBN 1-57455-630-4.

That We May Know Each Other, a document and accompanying study guide of the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit, United Church of Canada.

The Sublime Qur'an, a translation into English by an Iranian-American woman, Laleh Bakhtiar, receiving notice for its formatting in the sequence of the Qur'an's oral transmission and for its translation of verse 4:34 that conventionally reads " to beat" but here reads "to go away" concerning actions of husbands in relation to their wives. ISBN #10-1567447503 and #13-978-1567447507.

What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?, a brochure available on the Why Islam? web site.

Windows for Understanding: Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran Relations, ELCA study material with many parts that can be helpful to others, downloadable from the ELCA web site.PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader

Latter-day Saints relations

Presbyterian resources

Brief Brochure, Presbyterians and Latter-day Saints (PDS #74-292-97-009)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) by Eileen Lindner, #TC0004 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum series to be downloaded

Journal of Presbyterian History, Winter 2002, on Presbyterians and Mormons

Presbyterians and Mormons: A Study in Contrasts, a resource prepared by Theology and Worship with a study guide. PDS #273-90-001.

Resources from other sources

The Mormons, four-hour documentary produced by PBS available in DVD. Order online now for shipping by June 11, 2007.

Why Is It So Hard to Talk about Mormons?, a short essay from Sightings, which offers commentary on public religion from the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago

Buddhist-Christian relations

The Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, a coordinating body supporting activities in the comparative study of, and the practical interaction between, Buddhism and Christianity; publisher of the Buddhist-Christian Studies Journal

Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, introducing and disseminating Buddhist views and values

Hindu-Christian relations

Hindu-Christian Dialogue: A Hindu Perspective, article by Seshagiri Rao, from the Hindu-Christian Studies Bulletin

Hinduism from Ancient Times, from Hinduism Today magazine, promoted by the Hindu Temple Executives Conference for use in schools, sixth grade or older.

Introduction to Hinduism, posted by the Hindu-American Foundation. See also the Media Toolkit on the same web site, dealing with misrepresentations perpetuated by the media.

ISKCON in Relation to People of Faith, by Saunaka Rsi Dasa. ISKCON, a Vedic-Hindu movement commonly encountered in the U.S., states its position on relationships; from a larger issue of the ISKCON Communication Journal, December 1999, that includes responses and other articles of interest, available online.

The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, dedicated to the study of Hinduism and Christianity and their interrelationships; publisher of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Other relations

Bibliographies from the Center for Multifaith Education, Auburn Seminary, compiled by Lucinda Mosher and Daniel Brenner, arranged according to specific relationships

Other Faiths Articles and Resources, a service of the Episcopal Church Interfaith Education Initiative

Pagan Involvement in the Interfaith Movement: Exclusions, Dualities and Contributions, by Grove Harris, a Cross Currents article

Scientology,  by David Otto. #TC0132  in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum series to be downloaded


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