A Confucian-Jewish Dialogue

Galia Patt-Shamir*, Ping Zhang

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In this chapter, the authors conjure an experimental dialogue between Confucianism and Rabbinical Judaism. The first part of this chapter discusses one historical example of a Confucian-Jewish dialogue. The second discusses the traditions' modes of theological development as "spiritual harmony" in Confucianism, as opposed to "spiritual disharmony in Judaism" (Patt-Shamir 2006) and locates a common ground between the two traditions in the theme of family reverence. In the third part, the authors imagine a dialogue based on family reverence as the point of departure in understanding the uniqueness of each tradition. The purpose is to acknowledge the differences, and to find likenesses within stark dissimilarity. This chapter was first published in Perry Schmidt-Leukel (ed.), Buddhist Attitudes to Other Religions, St. Ottilien/Germany: EOS-Verlag 2008. We thank EOS for the kind permission to reuse it here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780470655207
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2013


  • Confucian-Jewish dialogue
  • Spiritual disharmony
  • Spiritual harmony
  • Tradition


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