In the previous three posts, I have outlined what I believe to be the key ideas in Fr. Elias Friedman’s Jewish Identity. Here I just wanted to list out briefly several other topics whose treatment by Fr. Friedman is worth considering:
- A brief but interesting theological and historical synopsis of Rabbinical Judaism
- A defense of the irrevocability of Israel’s election against theological objections
- A nuanced discussion of the relationship between Israel’s moral responsibility in the Crucifixion and Israel’s suffering
- A poignant and well-argued statement of Fr. Friedman’s conviction that the experience of dwelling in Israel will lead to a reconsideration of the figure of Christ, as the Jewish people is regathered not only to its own historic home, but also to the homeland of its Savior.
- Distinctions drawn between appropriate and inappropriate missionary efforts aimed at the Jewish people. Fr. Friedman’s critique of the latter is, unfortunately, more on point than his description of the former.