The bride leaves her abode and begins her journey down to the little chapel by the lake. As she walks, presently she notices that two animals have joined her procession; a donkey to her left, and an elephant on her right. The bride feels uncomfortable to be in such close proximity to the animals, but maintains her focus and continues on.
I rejected Christianity as a sophomore in high school, because I could not accept the answers that I was being provided with to really basic questions about the faith. This led to me speaking out against Christianity for the next four and a half years. However, after coming to the brink of suicide, I was challenged to explore what Christianity really teaches.
In sum, Daniel Boyarin is a Jewish scholar who has allowed the literature of the Bible and Judaism to speak for itself, even though his conclusions are often opposed to traditional beliefs about Judaism and Christianity. The thirty pages of endnotes are an added bonus, and provide evidence of Boyarin’s careful research of this topic.
For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00 A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…Continue reading Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity