Jews and Christians claim they share a common historical lineage, which is also often felt to be an uncomfortable fact. It has been said there has never been a "real" Jewish-Christian dialogue because of the millennia-old struggle between them.
Until recent times, there has rarely been a comprehensive and sympathetic portrayal of the rise of these two classical religious traditions from their common core and heritage--one that could claim any sense of being "unbiased." While no one can claim total objectivity, this course will attempt to provide just such an overview of the growth of the Rabbinic tradition and of classical Christianity within the all- encompassing crucible of the Greco-Roman world.
This five-session course will attempt to provide crucial insights into that history with all its threads of continuity, divergence and conflict. Our goal is to provide a firm historical basis for those of us within these two traditions to begin a more fruitful discussion and true "dialogue" with each other based on mutual respect and appreciation. This course will presume no previous historical knowledge and will use audio-visual, textual and lecture/discussion formats to carry us through the material. Jews, Christians and anyone else interested in the topic.