Near Christianity
 

Near Christianity

How Journeys Along Jewish-Christian Borders Saved My Faith in God

 
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About the Book

 

Embracing Christian faith by experiencing Jewish friendship

 This unique book is an exploration of Christianity alongside Jewish guides who are well-studied in and sympathetic to Christianity, but who remain “near Christianity.”

 Reflecting on his journeys within biblical studies and contemporary Jewish-Christian dialogue, Anthony Le Donne illustrates not only the value but also the necessity of continued Jewish friendship for the Christian life. With the help of Jewish friends and mentors, he presents a deeper and more complex Christian faith, offering readers a better vision of the beauty and genius of Christianity, but also an honest look at its warts and failings. Weaving his own story and personal conversations with Jewish friends, Le Donne, a respected scholar and published author, models how his fellow Christians can avoid blurring the differences between Christianity and Judaism on the one hand and exaggerating them on the other.



 

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About Anthony LeDonne

Anthony Le Donne (PhD, Durham) is Associate Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary. He is the author/editor of seven books. 

 

 
 
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Praise for Near Christianity


This extraordinary book is Jewish-Christian dialogue at its very finest. Professor Le Donne lives out what he teaches. As a Christian, he learns about God, forgiveness, faith, and love from his Jewish friends, and the wisdom he gains is to be treasured.
— Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
The book is highly readable and engaging, and will be of interest to anyone interested in a down-to-earth and honest approach to Jewish-Christian relations.
— Adele Reinhartz, Professor, Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa
This book chronicles the many times Anthony has fruitfully engaged Jews in conversation—with what might appear to be a rather unexpected result: what Anthony learns about Judaism leads him to rethink some basic beliefs and practices within Christianity. And, as a result, this introduction, or better reintroduction, of Judaism into Christianity enhances and deepens his faith. What a marvelous notion! Even better because in Anthony’s skilled hands it does indeed work.
— Leonard J. Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Theology, Creighton University
Writing from the borderlines of Christianity and Judaism, Le Donne offers a sympathetic, accessible, and open-hearted reflection on the relationship between faith and lived reality. Near Christianity is a thoughtful, humorous, and honest response to how we should we live in the presence of neighbors and friends who are both like and unlike us.
— Dr. Ed Kessler, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK
Anthony Le Donne explores the stubborn facts of that conflict by means of a wide-ranging and reflective discussion of the cultural fault-lines that have driven human communities apart. Taking his analysis into his personal experience, he shows that living with an awareness of the culture we live in can redeem us from the sin of oppressing others and stunting our own faith.
— Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion,Bard College
Le Donne’s book works, because Le Donne’s ‘borders’ share two things in common: they arise from Le Donne’s experience of Jews and Judaism, and they increase our understanding of Christianity and Christian lived experience.. . . . the book speaks eloquently about the gifts one religious tradition can confer on another. This is, I think, the highest goal of interfaith dialogue.
— Larry Behrendt, JewishChristianIntersections.com
 
 
 
 

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