What is it about?

This book by Alon Goshen-Gottstein is a won- derful contribution, as it comes at the right time – when awareness about pluralism and its effects is continuing to increase, especially in the Western context. Therefore, in today’s pluralistic society, encountering people with ethnicities, languages, cultures, and religions different from one’s own is inevitable. In this book, the author focuses on the benefit that Jews or Judaism derive when they engage with Hinduism today. This offers an invitation for Judaism to observe Hinduism not solely through one category, like Avoda Zara or idolatry, an approach which has been an obstacle to the relationship between the two religions (5). The book is divided into 13 chapters, including an introductory chapter. Goshen-Gottstein utilizes both a descriptive method and a reflective one. According to him, the descriptive method con- nects to the perspective of comparative religion and the reflective method is based in comparative theological.

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Why is it important?

Important if you want to know about Jewish and Hinduism the difference and the similarity.


The method of this book is crucial because no one has seriously used it yet with regard to my home tradition, Indonesian Christianity from a Reformed tradition, to engage and recognize the legitimacy of the social sciences and how they can support theology in general and the theology of religions

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This page is a summary of: AlonGoshen‐Gottstein. The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism: History, Spirituality, Identity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 288 pp., The Ecumenical Review, December 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/erev.12740.
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