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After the EvilChristianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust$
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Richard Harries

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263134

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199263132.001.0001

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Shared Hope and a Common Task

Shared Hope and a Common Task

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(p.202) 11 Shared Hope and a Common Task
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After the Evil
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Richard Harries (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199263132.003.0012

Jews and Christians have a shared hope and a common task. That hope has been interpreted in different ways in both religions: as the coming of the kingdom of God on earth and as a hope of life in the hereafter, beyond space and time. Hope of a coming messiah and a messianic age remain part of mainstream Judaism. Both religions today, however, would emphasize that the priority is not so much to interpret the world as to change it. There is a common task that in Judaism has sometimes been called ‘repairing’ or ‘healing the world’ (Tikkun Olam).

Keywords:   hope, kingdom of God, Messiah, Messianic age, the hereafter, Tikkun Olam

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