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OCTOBER 2018:

- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: The Pope and the Rabbi. Article
- Michael Ipgrave: Remembering the Covenant: Judaism in an Anglican Theology of Interfaith Relations. Article
- Church of England: Bishops of the Church of England adopt international definition of antisemitism. Report
- Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference: Pope Francis paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania at Vilnius ghetto site. Report
- Pope Francis: Warning against resurgent antisemitism. Statement
- Sarah Ifft Decker: Solomon ibn Verga, "Shevet Yehudah," and the Jewish-Christian Encounter. Book review

SEPTEMBER 2018:

- S. Wesley Ariarajah: Reorienting Jewish-Christian Relations and Dialogue. Article
- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: Transforming “Divine Mystery” into “faith and reason”. Article
- JCR: Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI on Supersessionism and Covenant. Report
- JCR: Against Hatred of Jews Worldwide: Formation of a New Scholarly Society to Study Antisemitism. Report
- Nike Snijders: A Tale of Two Cities: Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Budapest and Kecskemét. Report
- World Council of Churches: WCC invites participation in World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel. Report

JULY 2018:

- Tatha Wiley: Christianity’s Original Sin? Article
- Casey Strine: What the Bible’s Romans 13 says about asylum – and what Jeff Sessions omitted. Article
- Marcus Braybrooke: Naming, Growing, and Collaborating. Article
- Conference of European Rabbis: EU leader tells Europe’s Jews: “I will always be there for you”. Report
- Conference of European Rabbis: “Dialogue Prize of Swiss Jews” awarded to the rabbi Noam Hertig und imam Muris Begovic. Report
- The Council of Christians and Jews: Statement on the intended Canonisation of Pope Paul VI. Report
- David H. Price: Protestantism’s "Gretchenfrage": What to Do With Martin Luther and the Jews. Book review

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The Pope and the Rabbi

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.10.2018

Often, direct person-to-person communication will achieve better results than all formal utterances “about” an issue. This seems to have been the case with a personal exchange of letters in their common language of German, between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger and the Chief Rabbi of Vienna Arie Folger. ... [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Remembering the Covenant: Judaism in an Anglican Theology of Interfaith Relations

Michael Ipgrave* | 01.10.2018

The question I begin with is this: “Does Anglican theology treat Christian-Jewish relations as a special case within interfaith relations?” There is an obvious answer to that question, which is: “Yes. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (170)

What the Bible’s Romans 13 says about asylum – and what Jeff Sessions omitted

Casey Strine* | 30.06.2018

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, kicked up a storm when he invoked a line from the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating thousands of parents and children during immigration investigations. … [more]

Naming, Growing, and Collaborating

Marcus Braybrooke* | 30.06.2018

What’s in a name? In June, the Three Faiths Forum, founded 21 years ago in the UK, is changing its name to the Faith & Belief Forum. This reflects the way its work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious. Increasingly, the original name was seen as exclusive, and for a time the difficulty was evaded by using the initials ‘3FF.’ … [more]

Rabbi Michael Melchior and his Religious Peace Initiative

Ron Kronish | 31.05.2018

Rabbi Michael Melchior is without doubt the leading interreligious peacebuilder in Israel. For many years now, he has been bringing religious leaders together from within Israel and the region, as well as internationally, and in recent years he has been witness to significant results and much positive progress. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (122)

On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2018

One of the most famous passages of the Passover seder is called “Ha Lachma Anya — This is the bread of affliction.” It is sometimes referred to as the “invocation.” It is the moment when the leader of the seder welcomes all the guests at the seder, especially those who are in need, and invites them to celebrate Passover with everyone at the table. It is recited and sung in Aramaic, so unless one pays attention to the translation, one can miss the importance of the passage. … [more]

What Did the Faith Community Stand For? Doctrines and Deeds in Nazi Europe

USHMM | 31.12.2017

Examine how different faith communities, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestants, and Catholics, reacted in the face of the challenges then—and the questions the history poses today. … [more]

Economy and Social Justice

David Rosen* | 30.11.2017

Speech given at the International Meeting "PATHS OF PEACE: Religions and cultures in dialogue" (September 10th to 12th 2017) in the German cities of Münster and Osnabrück. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (168)

Transforming “Divine Mystery” into “faith and reason”.

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.09.2018

Benedict XVI on Catholic-Jewish relations-reactions. … [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Reorienting Jewish-Christian Relations and Dialogue

It is very appropriate that we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate – the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions” promulgated towards the end of the Second Vatican Council. By any measure, this was a landmark declaration that officially put the Roman Catholic relations to people of other religious traditions on a firm new footing. ... [more]