Israel: A Christian Grammar

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About the Author

Paul J. Griffiths is an author and theologian. His most recent books are Regret: A Theology and Why Read Pascal?


This is a visionary proposal from Paul Griffiths, with all the wisdom, precision, and erudition we have come to expect from him. It sets out a map for how Christians might see themselves as part of Israel along with the Jewish people--and the many implications this has. It is exacting, profound, and very provocative. --Gavin D'Costa, emeritus professor of Catholic Theology, University of Bristol; visiting professor of interreligious dialogue, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome

In this theological tour de force, Paul Griffiths argues that the synagogue (the Jewish people) and the church (Christians) are both essential parts of God's divinely favored people, Israel. While writing from a Christian vantage point to a Christian audience, Griffiths highlights that the church after its lengthy history of mistreating Jews and maligning Judaism should be listening to, not instructing, the synagogue. I highly recommend it! --Joel Kaminsky, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Smith College

There are at the end of the day perhaps only a handful of ways Christians can understand the place of Israel in God's economy. Of these, some have proven to be deeply flawed, while others have yet to be fully explored and tested. In this book, Paul Griffiths puts us in his debt by displaying the logic of an account in which "Israel" names God's elect beloved, jointly constituted by the synagogue and the church. Everyone who cares about a rightly ordered Christian doctrine of Israel will want to read and weigh this original and provocative book. -- Kendall Soulen, professor of systematic theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

This is quintessential Griffiths--polished and lively prose, abundant gems of insight, deeply original and thought-provoking. Griffiths writes to awaken mind and heart; he stirs up on every page a strong response from his readers--sometimes "Yes!" and sometimes "No!" but always grateful, always enriched. No future Christian theology of Israel will be able to proceed without this touchstone book. --Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary