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Alon Goshen-Gottstein and Eugene Korn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764098

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764098.001.0001

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Concluding Reflections

Concluding Reflections

(p.317) Concluding Reflections
Jewish Theology and World Religions

Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Liverpool University Press

This concluding chapter presents some synthetic and comparative conclusions from the project as a whole. The classical model that governs most discussions in rabbinic literature regarding other religions and consequently figures heavily in this volume is the model of recognition. Doing theology of religions is thus an exercise in divine diplomacy — that is, one recognizes another religion, in part or in full, in light of the criteria one considers most important. The logic of recognition seeks to highlight that which is common, as a basis of recognition. The logic of hospitality, by contrast, tolerates differences without overlooking or minimizing them. Another important lesson from the project concerns the centrality of attitudes. The chapter then highlights the importance of choosing categories and criteria. Choosing emerges as a conscious strategy of coming to terms with other religions, especially in the context of recognition or tolerance. The chapter also notes the presence of mysticism and messianism in the Jewish view of other religions, and discusses the significance of Menahem Me'iri's views on religions.

Keywords:   rabbinic literature, religions, recognition, theology of religions, divine diplomacy, hospitality, religious tolerance, mysticism, messianism, Menahem Me'iri

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