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Perspectives from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism






by Howard Greenstein, Kendra Hotz, and John Kaltner
from Westminster John Knox Press.

The neighbors we encounter these days do not always hold the same religious beliefs as we do. This is a fact of contemporary life, exemplified by the diversities of places of worship we see as we travel: synagogues, churches and mosques.

Those with religious sensitivity realize that in today’s culture it is important, on many levels, to understand what our neighbors believe. The book that follows seeks to provide easy access to beliefs of three major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Read more

explorefaith is proud to re-feature this very popular book by presenting each chapter for a limited time. (For publication information, including a link for ordering from amazon.com, see below.)


The late Howard R. Greenstein served as Rabbi of the Jewish congregation of Marco Island, Florida. He had previously served congregations in Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Greenstein was a Lecturer at the University of Florida, University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University. He is the author of Judaism: An Eternal Covenant (1983) and Turning Point: Zionism and Reform Judaism (1981).

Kendra G. Hotz serves as Adjunct Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. She formerly taught at Calvin College. Hotz is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and coauthor (with Matthew T. Mathews) of Shaping the Christian Life: Worship and the Religious Affections (2006) and coauthor of Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice (2005).

John Kaltner is a member of the Department of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where he teaches courses in Bible, Islam, and Arabic. Among his books are Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know (2003); Inquiring of Joseph: Getting to Know a Biblical Character through the Qu’ran (2003); Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur’an for Bible Readers (Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 1999)

Copyright ©2007 Greenstein, Hotz, and Kaltner

Excerpts from What Do Our Neighbors Believe?: Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Howard Greenstein, Kendra Hotz, and John Kaltner are used by permission from Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky. Copyright ©2007 Greenstein, Hotz, and Kaltner


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