Judeo-Christian heritage in perspective

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Rev. Dr Duncan MacPherson in a letter to The Tablet

The assertion that “a study of Judaism is essential for understanding the Catholic theological tradition” is not developed. One unstated reason is probably that Christianity has its roots in Judaism. But Judaism has changed considerably over two millennia. Judaism without the Temple has developed a rich tradition of rabbinic interpretations of the Toray, making it in many respects quite different from the religion familiar to the authors of the New Testament. While knowledge of modern Judaism can contribute something to a deeper understanding of Christianity, the extent to which it can do so is easily exaggerated”. [The Tablet, 20 May 2017]