Peter Ochs

Ochs, Peter


Born Aug. 20, 1752, in Nantes, France; died June 19, 1821, in Basel. Swiss politician.

Under the influence of the Great French Revolution, Ochs advocated a bourgeois democratic transformation in Switzerland and the formation of a unified state. He participated in the negotiations for the Basel peace treaties of 1795. Representing Basel in Paris in 1797–98, he drew up the text of a constitution for the Helvetian Republic. Ochs served as first president of the Senate and member of the Directory of the Helvetian Republic in 1798–99. As a result of Swiss discontent with French policy, which Ochs supported, he was forced to resign. After his departure from national politics, he served as a member of the Basel cantonal council from 1803 to 1814.

Ochs was the author of a work on the history of Basel.

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In part 3 Yang uses the interfaith practice of "scriptural reasoning"--as promoted by scholars such as Peter Ochs, David F.
Peter Ochs, Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews.
Peter Ochs observes that Signer's plain-sense (p'shat) exegesis in medieval Jewish and Christian texts suggests an acumen for strong historical-textual studies, which, in turn pays dividends in contemporary Jews and Christians' repairing their faith in self and in visions of the other.
The purpose is "not to come to an agreement about the 'true meaning' of the passages" but to "strive to learn more about the ways we understand our own traditions and the way others understand us," writes Peter Ochs, President of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning and a philosophy professor at the University of Virginia.
Peter Ochs and Michael Cartwright have collected and published Yoder's most important explorations of the "unnecessary" Jewish-Christian splits and schisms (The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited, Eerdmans, 2003).
Edited by Tikva Frymer-Kensky, David Novak, Peter Ochs, David Sandmel and Michael Signer
Peter Ochs, the well-known cofounder of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning, points out that there are many different types of answers that can be given to the question, Do we worship the same God?
Although the ethics of interreligious relations runs through this essay, it is this latter point that I want to highlight, what Peter Ochs calls the "logic of scripture.
After briefly summarizing Yoder's embrace of galut as vocation and its implications for his understanding of Zionism, I will then look at probing critiques of Yoder regarding difference and land raised by two thinkers well acquainted with Yoder's work, Michael Cartwright and Peter Ochs.
Much of the value of this book lies in the introduction prepared by the editors, the commentaries from a Jewish perspective written by Peter Ochs, and Appendix B, a Christian view offered by Michael Cartwright.
Kessler and Aitken's work is a collection of essays and a dialogue between Peter Ochs and David Ford.
Especially noteworthy is the jointly-written article by Peter Ochs (University of Virginia) and David Ford (Cambridge University), "A Third Epoch: The Future of Discourse in Jewish-Christian Relations.