Book: Introduction to Judaism for Christian Arabs by Fr. David Neuhaus

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

JERUSALEM – In July 2019, Fr. David Neuhaus released a new book, in Arabic, entitled Judaism evolved among us: an introduction to Judaism for Christian Arabs, in which, as the title describes, he gives an overview of Judaism and the Jewish people to help deepen the knowledge of Arabs in general, especially Christian Arabs, about this religion.

The book, which was published by Dar al-Machreq in Beirut, is divided into four parts. While the first and second parts give an overview of the size and distribution of the Jewish people around the world, their identity, and history from Biblical until modern times, the third part gives a description of Jewish belief and practice that include sacred and religious writings, religious life, duties and responsibilities and the waiting for the Messiah.

The last part of the book deals with Judaism in the modern period. This part includes a discussion of the denominational and cultural diversity of the Jewish people, the development of Zionism and life in both the State of Israel and the Diaspora.

Image: Father David Neuhaus

Fr. David Neuhaus SJ, is the superior of the Jesuit Community in the Holy Land and a teacher of Scripture at the Latin Patriarchal Seminary of Beit Jala. For the past twenty years, he has been teaching courses on Judaism in Arabic at the seminary, at Bethlehem University, and in other academic institutions in Palestine and the Arab world.

Until September 2017, he was the Latin Patriarchal Vicar for the Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel and the Coordinator of the Pastoral Care for migrant workers and asylum seekers.

To order the book Judaism evolved among us: an introduction to Judaism for Christian Arabs, please contact Christ the King Bookstore in Beit Sahour at catpalbook@gmail.com.