Strangers and Neighbors: What I Have Learned About Christianity by Living Among Orthodox Jews  -     By: Maria Poggi Johnson
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Strangers and Neighbors: What I Have Learned About Christianity by Living Among Orthodox Jews

Thomas Nelson / 2006 / Paperback

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Living in the same neighborhood with strictly observant Orthodox Jews, Johnson learned new insights about their religion and her own faith. Compellling and inspirational, her memoir of that special time reveals the original roots of Christianity in Judaism and challenges modern-day believers living in a casual culture to examine their own spiritual discipline.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.37 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 0849911516
ISBN-13: 9780849911514
UPC: 023755026231
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Publisher's Description

The compelling, insightful, and challenging memoir of a Christian woman's exploration of her faith while living in community with strictly Orthodox Jews. As Maria Johnson explains: "I knew that Christianity is rooted deep in Judaism, but living in daily contact with a vital and vibrant Jewish life has been fascinating and transforming. I am and will remain a Christian, but I am a rather different Christian than I was before."

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Maria Poggi Johnson grew up in Scotland and has studied at Oxford University and the University of Virginia. She currently lives with her husband and four children in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and teaches theology at the University of Scranton.

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A Catholic and a professor of theology at the University of Scranton, Johnson lives near a small community of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In this winsome volume, she explores the ways friendships with her neighbors have subtly reshaped her own Christian commitments. She finds the Jewish practice of reading Torah alongside Talmudic commentary enjoyable and recognizes that she, too, likes to study the Bible with "partners" be they the ancient church fathers or her husband. In the Jewish dietary codes, Johnson finds a model of bodily spirituality, a useful antidote to the Gnosticism that has historically infected the church. Johnson isn't moved by every aspect of Jewish life; while she shares the goal of imparting religious convictions to her children, she worries that her neighbors' approach more or less cutting their children off from wider American culture carries too great a cost. Still, she sees life in her neighborhood as "elementary preparation for civilized participation in the global village." At times, the book is thin her ruminations on Jewish suffering are so brief as to seem glib, for example. But on the whole, this is a welcome contribution to the literature of Jewish-Christian relations. (Nov. 7) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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