Common Prayers by Harvey Cox
Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year

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Harvey Cox, the eminent Christian theologian and scholar of religion, offers an intimate tour through the Jewish year certain to inform and enlighten Jews and non-Jews alike. As a member of an interfaith household, Cox has had ample opportunity to reflect upon the essence of Judaism and its complex relationship to Christianity. Organized around the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Yom ha-Atzmaíut, Common Prayers illuminates the meanings of Jewish holidays as well as traditions surrounding milestone events such as death and marriage. Describing in elegant, accessible language the holidays’ personal, historical, and spiritual significance and the lessons they offer us, Cox “is instructive and enlightening, revealing the depth and passion of his religious thought and practice” (Boston Herald). As seen through his eyes, the Jewish holidays offer a wellspring of discovery and reflection for every reader.

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Harvey Cox is the Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he has taught since 1965, both at Harvard Divinity School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His book The Secular City, published in 1965, became an international bestseller and is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential books of Protestant theology.
Published November 12, 2002 by Mariner Books. 321 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Though he finds common ground with some Christian practices, Cox is a careful guide, cautioning against a wholesale appropriation of Jewish tradition as a mere adjunct to Christianity.

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As usual, Cox's ambitions are sky-high: (1) to help Christians achieve a more realistic and substantive understanding of Judaism, (2) to explain how his Christianity has been enriched by marriage to a Jewish woman who has encouraged his participation in her faith community, (3) "to question the i...

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