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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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Jewish and Christian Responses to Suffering

Jewish and Christian Responses to Suffering

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(p.38) 3 Jewish and Christian Responses to Suffering
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After the Evil
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Richard Harries (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199263132.003.0004

Traditionally, Judaism and Christianity were thought to have very different understandings of suffering. This is not the case. Whilst traditional answers to do with punishment or suffering as character‐building are rejected, there is in both religions an emphasis upon human responsibility, a sharing by God in human suffering, and a call to bring good out of evil. The concept of an afterlife cannot simply be dismissed. But a sense of protest against suffering, which is strong in Judaism, remains an important moral pointer.

Keywords:   afterlife, protest, punishment, sharing, suffering

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