|Walking God's Paths: Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation|
|Written by Philip A. Cunningham, John J. Michalczyk, Gilbert S. Rosenthal|
The Six Episodes
1. A New Future: Building Shalom between Catholics and Jews
Offers an overview of the past, present, and future of Christian-Jewish relations. Introduces participants to the dynamics of interfaith dialogue and the different perspectives Christians and Jews bring to the conversation. Although it focuses on relations between Jews and Catholics, the Users Guide shows how to adapt for use in other Christian communities.
2. Shared Origins, Diverse Roads
Explores the Late Second Temple period that gave birth to Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Participants will see how the centrality of the Torah for Jews and of Jesus Christ for Christians was significantly intensified by the destruction of the Temple by the Romans.
3. Common Texts, Different Scriptures
Examines how the Bible both unites and divides Jews and Christians. Although Christianity and Judaism share many of the same scriptural books, they are arranged differently and read through different traditions of interpretation. Participants will experience this diversity by reading common texts together.
4. Season of Freedom, Season of Rebirth
In the springtime, both Christians and Jews celebrate the saving power of God. Participants will experience how the related feasts of Passover and Easter ritually re-enact defining foundational events for both religious traditions.
5. Metaphors for a Unique Relationship
Presents different ways of picturing the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Participants will compare various images and examine how they could shape the way Christians and Jews educate about each other.
6. Mending Relationships, Mending the World
Old stereotypes and misconceptions still hamper Jewish and Christian rapprochement. While engaged in dialogue to overcome these problems, Christians and Jews are increasingly aware that both traditions understand themselves to have been given a mission to the world. Participants will explore the significance for the rest of humanity of Jewish and Christian reconciliation.