Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith

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Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, directed by Gerald Krell and Meyer Odze. Auteur Productions, Ltd.

Jews and Christians is a great example of how magnificent television can be. Based on the book Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, by Marvin Wilson, filmmakers Gerald Krell and Meyer Odze have created a stunning documentary that makes great strides notes, in the words of Jewish scholar Martin Buber, "We share a book. And that's no small thing."

No small thing, indeed. Krell and Odze's approach is to look at what is common to Judaism and Christianity--God's divinity, the belief that God is not distant from us, the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and prayer, among other concepts--without minimizing the differences. They carry this out in interviews with Christian and Jewish scholars and practitioners, visits to Christian and Jewish holy sites, and examinations of Yom Kippur and Easter services, circumcision rituals, baptism, and the Eucharist. …

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