Stories of Jesus’ passion and death lie at the core of Christian identity. They offer an encounter with his experience of the human condition: betrayals by those closest to him, his own fear of death, uncertainty about God’s will, and the endurance of terrible suffering and an ignominious death. From generation to generation, these stories have functioned in sacred and saving ways for Christians. Yet, misinterpretations of the passion narratives have rationalised hostility to and violence against Jews as “Christ killers.” This sacrilegious telling cries out for redemption.
Redeeming Christianity’s sacred story requires respect, even awe, for its power; demands a rigorous examination of the history between Jews and Christians and the ethical obligation to be altered by this history; and entails pursuing solid biblical scholarship, principles for reinterpreting troubling texts, and incorporation into Christian spirituality.
Redeeming Our Sacred Story challenges us to forge more just relations between Jews and Christians. It witnesses to the world that reconciliation is possible.
About the Author
Mary C. Boys, the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at New York City’s Union Theological Seminary, has been involved in Christian-Jewish dialogue at the national and international level for over twenty-five years. An experienced teacher and prolific writer, she is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names. Redeeming our Sacred Story is the fifth book she has authored or edited on the topic of relations between Jews and Christians.