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Strangers and Neighbors: What I Have Learned about Christianity by Living Among Orthodox Jews

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The compelling, insightful, and challenging memoir of a Christian woman's exploration of her faith while living in community with strictly Orthodox Jews. As Maria Johnson explains: "I knew that Christianity is rooted deep in Judaism, but living in daily contact with a vital and vibrant Jewish life has been fascinating and transforming. I am and will remain a Christian, but ...more
ebook, 164 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Aubrey
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick, humorous, informative, and wonderful read.
I know very little about Judaism, and it was humbling for me to realize that fact.
I am cultivating more respect and understanding as a Gentile following in the footsteps of the chosen people. (Chapter 10 was a tremendous help with this)
As a result of this book, I have respect for their love for the Torah. (See Psalm 1). This love is not necessarily the result of legalism but rather a true love of obedience and God. This has helped me see the l
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Oriyah Nitkin
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a whim (based on the cover and title. Really, when will I learn?!), and then read the description and felt disappointed. It wasn't the kind of thing I was likely to learn much from, and therefore not much chance I'd enjoy it. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Hearing the author's unique viewpoint on Judaism as someone who is extremely knowledgeable about both Judaism and her own religion, Catholicism, with the former being learned not just from books, but "on ...more
Skylar Burris
Mar 04, 2010 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
A Catholic lives close to an Orthodox Jewish community in PA, hangs out with Orthodox Jews, and writes about what she has learned from them as a Christian. It sounded interesting to me as a Christian who has a deep admiration for Judaism, but when I sampled it, I just didn't get the impression it would be very insightful. I think maybe it's a book for Christians who don't know much about Judaism.
Lindsay Smith
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, not for its educational value (although I learned a lot of stuff I didn't know about orthodox judaism) but for its entertaining and humorous style. I also learned a lot about the roots of my own faith and I appreciate that Professor Johnson has done the hard academic work and presented me with easy to read, accessible information. This book is not a complete guide to Christianity any more than it is a fully informed guide to Judaism; it is what it says on the cover, a summary ...more
Melissa
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging on every level. The author impressively walks a fine line between respectful humor and irreverent honesty. I found myself experiencing a range of emotions because the topic is fascinating and the writing is insightful. I definitely have a new perspective on Judaism, Christianity and-- as a result-- my own journey of faith.
Teatum
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic to have been able to read this book and know the professor who wrote it. Living in Scranton, and living among a predominantly Jewish population, Dr. Johnson really gave some fellow Gentile insight into the people I see every day. A great, quick, fascinating read, and worth the while.
Susannah
A honest look at faith and living one's faith written by a woman who is Catholic who lives in an Orthodox Jewish community. She shares what she has learned from them. A good look into a Christian home and the life of Orthodox Jews.
Ashleigh Huffman
Quick easy read. Thankful for the glossary! Humorous and brings light to the orthodox Jewish community
Rest
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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