Cross Currents

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, Winter

A Survey of Jewish Reaction to the Vatican Statement on the Holocaust
The French said it better. In March of 1998, the Vatican released a long-awaited statement on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust. In a preface to the document, entitled We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, Pope John Paul II expressed his hope...
Christianity in Jewish Terms: A Project to Redefine the Relationship
The time has come for Jews to learn about Christianity in Jewish terms. In September of this year 2000, an interdenominational group of Jewish scholars and rabbis made public the fruits of several years of work and two millennia of memories. They...
Decentering Judaism and Christianity: Using Feminist Theory to Construct a Postmodern Jewish-Christian Theology
The theological politics of difference is a key to theology after the Holocaust. In response to the Holocaust, American Jewish thinkers Richard Rubenstein, Eliezer Berkovits, and Irving Greenberg each redefined Jewish identity in relation to Christianity...
"Fruit Salad Can Be Delicious": The Practice of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
Interreligious dialogue needs to include practical issues that confront all human beings whatever their religious labels. In Living Buddha, Living Christ, the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hahn described an interreligious meeting in Sri Lanka where...
Is Paul the Father of Misogyny and Antisemitism?
What was Paul talking about, anyway? Not what you might think. I have a passionate interest in the apostle Paul. Many people think this passion is unusual because I am a Jew not a Christian. What's more, I like to think of myself as a feminist....
Jewish-Christian Relations in the Postmodern Era
The third millennium now already a year underway, it is a propitious time to take inventory of Jewish-Christian relations in this postmodern era. Challenged by the task of repairing their worlds after the devastation of the Shoah, Jews and Christians...
Post-Holocaust Hermeneutics: Scripture, Sacrament, and the Jewish Body of Christ
What is eaten in the Eucharist is the Jewish body of Christ. I was recently lecturing on the Gospel of Luke in my introductory Bible class, when a student raised her hand and asked, "When does the story stop being about Jews and start being about...
Re-Envisioning Christianity: A New Era in Christian Theological Interpretation of Christian Texts
Any post-Shoah theology must be constructed in dialogue and focused on dialogue, not on received traditions. My work in various dialogues has given me the opportunity to see that theologians tend to incorporate only those materials that seem to...
Tuning Hebrew Psalms to Reggae Rhythms: Rastas' Revolutionary Lamentations for Social Change
How do we read the psalms in a strange land? Think Reggae. Cause, the wicked carried us away captivity, required from us a song, but How can we sing King Alpha's song inner strange land? (repeat) (The Melodians on Psalm 137) How did an ancient...