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This is the introductory chapter of the book Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship: New Insights into its History and Interaction. The book contains four sections. The first section presents a case study of the convergence of Jewish and Christian liturgy. The second section concentrates on Jewish liturgical poetry including a glimpse of Christian poetic texts, and explains the meaning of the Cairo Genizah. The third section describes the theological discussion on the meanings and interrelationship of the Christian Sanctus and the Jewish Kedusha, theological approaches to a Eucharistic prayer, and use of the creed and its understanding in performances of the liturgy. The final section turns towards Rabbinic Judaism and its relationship to the Christians of that day, and discusses the question of the role of Israel's ancestors in prayer and similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian prayers in the context of meals.

Keywords: Christian liturgy; Genizah; Israel's ancestors; Jewish liturgy; Rabbinic Judaism



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