This book has grown out of Bible studies carried on jointly by a Dominican priest and a Jewish rabbi. New Testament and rabbinic texts have been studied by various combined groups of Jews and Christians, and the reactions of the groups noted by the authors. From their experience a textbook has emerged for others to use, ideally in similar joint groups.
The main topics covered are 'the great commandment, ' the synagogue and its function, the parable, the Sabbath, divorce, and forgiveness. These topics differ not only in subject matter, but also in the type of comparison offered--legal, historical, literary, theological, and even contracting themes.
Reading the texts will produce questions for dialogue - some suggested questions for discussion are also included, also with a useful glossary and a bibliography.