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Table of Contents for
The Theology of the Chinese Jews, 1000–1850 by Jordan Paper



Chapter 1: Introduction: The Four Questions

Who Are the Chinese Jews?

Are the Chinese Jews Jewish?

What Are the Sources for the Theology of the Chinese Jews?

Is This Theology Relevant Today?

Chapter 2: From Whence They Came to Where They Went

The Extent of the Diaspora

Jewish Life under Christianity and Islam: Tenth to Twelfth Centuries

The Sea Route to China and the Settlement in Kaifeng

Chapter 3: Life in China: Tenth to Nineteenth Centuries



Social Structure




Chapter 4: Brief History of Buddhism and the Abrahamic Traditions in China

The Buddhist Experience in China

Christianity to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Christianity in China after the de Facto Demise of Judaism



Chapter 5: The Sinification of Judaism

Veneration of Ancestors: Family, Tribal, Religious, and Cultural

Education and Its Relationship to Judaism

The Kaifeng Jews and Their Neighbours

Chinese Judaism

Chapter 6: A Speculative Theology of the Chinese Jews

The Names of God: Hebrew

The Kaifeng Synagogue’s Stelae and Plaques

The Names of God: Chinese

The Nature of Creation

Monotheism from a Chinese Perspective

A Speculative Chinese-Jewish Theology

Assimilation and Theology

Historical and Cultural Context


Postscript: What Western Jews Can Learn from the Kaifeng Jews | Rabbi Anson Laytner

Appendix: Chinese Logographs for Terms and Translations in Chapter 6