The joint effort of a Jewish professor specializing in Scripture and a Christian professor specializing in Christian traditions, this volume provides an accessible introduction to the origins of Judaism and Christianity. Kohn and Moore explain how Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity developed from common origins in the precepts and concepts of Israelite religion, albeit emphasizing different ideas and practices. The authors’ shared sensibilities help to avoid trivializing the tradition of the other in the telling of their own story, instead clarifying where the differences, and the similarities, emerged, and often continue to be relevant. They focus on explaining how Israelite religion is transformed in each of these “sibling” traditions, especially on how each “locates” God. Discussions compare how each tradition thereby develops the roles of sacrifice, priesthood, and interpretative authority, which became fundamental to survival after the destruction of the Temple in 70 c.e. Glossary and index.
Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., University of Kansas, is the author of Mysteryof Romans, winner of the 1996 National Jewish Book Award, Charles H. RevsonAward in Jewish-Christian Relations.