Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews  -     By: Kevin J. Madigan, Jon D. Levenson
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Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews

Yale University Press / 2009 / Paperback

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This is a ground breaking study on a fundamental-Jewish and Christian-doctrine, the resurrection of the dead. As most Christians know resurrection is a central tenant of the Christian faith, but what many do not realize is that the doctrine is also an integral part of Judaism. Written by a Christian and a Jew, this volume will sure to be an inter-faith staple for people of both religions, and will contribute immensely not only to general dialogue between Jews and Christians, but to theological dialogue. For Christians who take seriously the Jewish roots of their faith this book is certainly a must read.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.30 X 6.20 (inches)
ISBN: 0300151373
ISBN-13: 9780300151374
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This book, written for religious and nonreligious people alike in clear and accessible language, explores a teaching central to both Jewish and Christian traditions: the teaching that at the end of time God will cause the dead to live again. Although this expectation, known as the resurrection of the dead, is widely understood to have been a part of Christianity from its beginnings nearly two thousand years ago, many people are surprised to learn that the Jews believed in resurrection long before the emergence of Christianity. In this sensitively written and historically accurate book, religious scholars Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson aim to clarify confusion and dispel misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus, and Christian origins.


Madigan and Levenson tell the fascinating but little-known story of the origins of the belief in resurrection, investigating why some Christians and some Jews opposed the idea in ancient times while others believed it was essential to their faith. The authors also discuss how the two religious traditions relate their respective practices in the here and now to the new life they believe will follow resurrection. Making the rich insights of contemporary scholars of antiquity available to a wide readership, Madigan and Levenson offer a new understanding of Jewish-Christian relations and of the profound connections that tie the faiths together.

Author Bio

Kevin J. Madigan is professor of the history of Christianity, Divinity School, Harvard University. His previous books include The Passions of Christ in the High Middle Ages. Jon D. Levenson is Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Divinity School and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. He is the author of Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, published by Yale University Press.

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