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"Jesus Was a Jew"

Presenting Christians and Christianity in Israeli State Education
  • ISBN-13: 9781498560764
  • Publisher: ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBLISHERS
    Imprint: LEXINGTON BOOKS
  • Author: Ramon, Orit
  • Price: AUD $60.99
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  • Local release date: 14/12/2021
  • Format: Paperback (229.00mm X 152.00mm) 282 pages Weight: 0g
  • Categories: History of religion [HRAX]Christianity [HRC]Judaism [HRJ]
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Is the historical rivalry between Jews and Christians forgotten in modern Israel? Do Jewish-Israeli young people partake in the historic memory of the polemics between the two religions? This book scrutinizes the presentations of Christians and Christianity in Israeli school curricula, textbooks, and teaching in the state education system, in an attempt to elucidate the role of relations to Christianity in the construction of modern Jewish-Israeli identity, and it reveals that despite the changes in Jewish-Christian relations, they are still a significant factor in the construction of modern Jewish-Israeli identity.
Orit Ramon, the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies, the Open University of Israel. Ines Gabel, the Department of Sociology, Political Sciences, and Communication, the Open University of Israel. Varda Wasserman, an associate professor, the Management Department, the Open University of Israel.
List of Figures............................................................................................... Preface .................................................................................................................................... Chapter 1 - A short introduction to Jewish-Christian relations ....................................... Chapter 2 - Israel's Hebrew-speaking school system: A brief overview.......................... Part One: Teaching Christianity in Class Chapter 3 - Teaching about Christians and Christianity in Israeli curricula.................... Chapter 4 - Portrayals of Christians and Christianity in Israeli textbooks..................... Chapter 5 - Instruction and teachers............................................................................... Part Two: Teaching Christianity out of Class - Guiding at Christian Sites Chapter 6: Itineraries and Guides' Narratives................................................................ Chapter 7 - Survey analysis of teacher and guide trainees' stances on Christians, Christianity, and teaching about Christianity in the schools..................... Discussion............................................................................................................................ Epilogue............................................................................................................................... Bibliography....................................................................................................................... About the Authors
This is a valuable study of the representation of Christians and Christianity within the Israeli school system, over the past seven decades. This book shows how study and teaching of the other is actually a means for constructing one's own identity. This sobering research exposes that despite all advances in Jewish-Christian relations, despite profound changes in the teaching of many Churches-especially the Catholic Church, which occupies a primary position in Israeli curricula-and despite the efforts of theologians, historians, and educators, little has changed in how Christianity has been taught. Orit Ramon, Ines Gabel, and Varda Wasserman demonstrate how an 'exile' mentality continues to inform Jewish presentations of Christianity enforcing Jewish identity-religious, national and political. This book demonstrates what price we pay for nationalism and how encountering the other has been substituted by indebtedness to a national narrative and the needs for Israeli identity construction. It is only when the full picture emerges from this analysis that one can begin to reconsider what a true 'independent' and self-assured presentation of Christianity might look like in an age of dialogue. If diagnosis is the first step towards healing, this book makes an important contribution not just to the study of contemporary educational policies in Israel but to the advancement of Jewish-Christian relations. -- Alon Goshen-Gottstein, The Elijah Interfaith Institute "Jesus Was a Jew" raises a valuable contribution to our understanding of Israeli perspectives of Christianity. The authors' thorough analysis shows how sensitive the issue of Christianity is for the Israeli public even today-much more sensitive than one might have assumed. -- Karma Ben-Johanan, Van-Leer Institute
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