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By Edward Kessler, Neil Wenborn

This reference is a pioneering paintings which explores and defines the numerous elements which characterise the historical and ongoing dating among the 2 traditions. From Aaron to Zionism, the editors have introduced jointly over seven hundred entries--including occasions, associations, activities, humans, locations and publications--contributed via greater than a hundred the world over well known students. The Dictionary, compiled less than the auspices of the Cambridge-based Centre for the learn of Jewish-Christian kin, bargains a spotlight for the research and knowing of Jewish-Christian kin the world over, either inside and among Judaism and Christianity.

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In both creation narratives, the emphasis is on the particular responsibility given to human beings, enjoying a unique relationship with God (the phrase ‘in God’s image’ in Gen. 27 receives much attention, especially in Christian doctrine), to care for other creatures and the land. In both Jewish and Christian ethics, these biblical texts have long been used as the basis of environmental concern. It is argued by some modern ethicists that the stress on human ‘dominion’ over nature has replaced a sense of responsibility, encouraging exploitation of the earth’s resources.

While many Protestant Christians and Jews argue the importance of preserving freedom of choice for women, and thus oppose legal restrictions on abortion as an attempt to impose the religious law of one group upon others in a pluralistic society, many other Christians and Jews argue that the unborn, no less than other ‘marginalised’, economically or physically disadvantaged groups, deserve legal protection. Catholics see the pro-life struggle as a ‘seamless garment’ with related issues such as euthanasia, capital punishment, nuclear war and life-threatening poverty.

In the present dictionary, however, we have again taken into account the interconnectedness of the subject and, rather than court a prohibitive degree of repetition between bibliographical entries, we have included a single bibliography at the end of the whole work, subdivided by the broader theological and historical categories into which the individual entries fall. No bibliography of this kind can be comprehensive, but we hope that it will serve both to support references in the entries and as a helpful source of further reading.

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