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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

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Michael Caplan
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Dylan,

I too was struck by the foundational difference in perceptions of human nature by Jewish and Christian anthropologies. Intriguingly I believe the Jewish perspective to actually already be incororated into the Christian one-one need only consider the words of Jesus that the first and greatest commandment is to love God and therefore follow his commandments. Furthermore, rather than see the Christian view as contrary to God’s establishment of the Law I believe the Christian anthropological perspective to be continuous with a proper understanding of the Fall and its ramifications for human nature. I am interested to learn more about modern Jewish (both Orthodox and Modernist) interpretations of the Fall and human nature.