Academic journal article Theological Studies

Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Leon Klenicki

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Leon Klenicki

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Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Leon Klenicki. Edited by Celia M. Deutsch, Eugene J. Fisher, and James Rudin. New York: Paulist, 2013. Pp. xxvi + 259. $24.95.

The volume is arranged systematically, opening with tributes to Rabbi Leon Klenicki, followed by essays on Scripture, identity, theology, liturgy, spiritual practice and mysticism, and new frontiers.

Of note is Rabbi Shira Lander's essay on the vexed question of Jewish identity, which even-handedly considers the multiple dimensions of that problem, and which might be especially useful for Catholic readers. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi's "Biblical Resources for Interfaith Dialogue" does not avoid recognition of those places where the Hebrew Bible creates difficulties for interfaith dialogue, but she skillfully places them in tension with passages that create a foundation for such collaboration. One timely feature of the volume, given the changing nature of American Catholicism, is the set of three essays that deal with Latina/o Catholic-Jewish experience and dialogue. Jewish-Catholic dialogue has had an inevitable European orientation thus far, but the volume shows awareness that this is shifting.

An especially difficult subject--the central theological division--is addressed in Hans Hermann Henrix's "God's Presence in Israel and Incarnation. …

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