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Articles | Scholarly Contributions

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

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.09.2018

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

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Reorienting Jewish-Christian Relations and Dialogue

S. Wesley Ariarajah* | 02.09.2018

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]

Reports (344)

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI on Supersessionism and Covenant

JCR | 01.09.2018

In July 2018, emeritus pope Benedict XVI published in "Communio: International Catholic Review" an essay in German that critiques certain theological concepts that have emerged in post-Nostra Aetate Catholic theologies of Judaism. … [more]

Against Hatred of Jews Worldwide: Formation of a New Scholarly Society to Study Antisemitism

JCR | 01.09.2018

13 July 2018 - Scholars and policymakers who assembled in Vienna at the recent conference "An End to Antisemitism!" unanimously approved the proposal to form a new international academic society, to be called the International Organization for Antisemitism Research (IOAR). … [more]

WCC invites participation in World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Council of Churches (WCC) | 01.09.2018

10 July 2018 - In a 9 July letter, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invited the WCC global fellowship and all people of good will to participate in the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on 16-23 September. … [more]




Book Reviews (90)

Protestantism’s "Gretchenfrage": What to Do With Martin Luther and the Jews

David H. Price | 01.07.2018

Thomas Kaufmann:
Luther's Jews: A Journey into Anti-Semitism.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
vii + 193 pp. $30.00 (cloth) … [more]

Song of Songs

Daniel Rosenberg | 01.06.2018

Jonathan Kaplan:
My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs..
New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
xiv + 225 pp. $78.00 (cloth) … [more]

A Life of Dialogue

Ron Kronish | 01.05.2018

Eugene J. Fisher:
A Life in Dialogue: Building Bridges Between Catholics and Jews..
St. Petersburg/Florida: Mr Media Books, 2017.
142 pp. $12.95 … [more]




News (1)

Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Bilateral dialogue holds biannual meeting

JCR | 01.01.2018

Tuesday, December 05 2017 - The national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus met for its biannual meeting on 29 November 2017 at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal. … [more]




Statements | Protestant (46)

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The United Protestant Church of Belgium* | 01.02.2017

This letter to the President of the Central Israelite Consistory in Belgium, Mr. Philippe Markiewicz LL.M., was read by the President of the United Protestant Church in Belgium, Rev. Steven H. Fuite, on Thursday, December 1st 2016, in the Great Synagogue in Brussels during the 6th annual colloquium of the group “Juifs et chrétiens, engageons-nous!” (“Jews and Christians, let us commit ourselves!”). The colloquium was attended by more than 200 people who discussed recent statements on Jewish-Christian relations. … [more]

"… he keeps faith forever." (Psalm 146:6)

Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany | 01.12.2016

Declaration of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany in its 3rd Session. … [more]

Martin Luther and the Jews. A necessary reminder on the occasion of the Reformation anniversary

Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) | 01.03.2016

Declaration, adopted during the 2nd session of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), 8 to 11 November 2015, Bremen … [more]




Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (51)

Joint Reflections on the Declaration “Between Jerusalem and Rome”

| 01.12.2017

Bilateral Commission Meeting of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. Jerusalem, November 12-14, 2017; MarCheshvan, 23-25, 5778. … [more]

Promoting Peace in the Face of Violence in the Name of Religion

Bilateral Israeli Rabbinate-Vatican Commission | 01.01.2017

14th Meeting: Rome, November 28 – 30, 2016. Joint Statement as follows: … [more]

A Process of Mutual Empowerment

ICCJ | 01.10.2016

In response to a recent WCC-NCCC press release on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the ICCJ publishes the open letter "A Process of Mutual Empowerment". … [more]




Statements | Jewish (14)

Between Jerusalem and Rome - כלל ופרט בין ירושלים לרומי

The Conference of European Rabbis[*] and The Rabbinical Council of America[**] | 01.02.2017

The Shared Universal and the Respected Particular. Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate. … [more]

To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians

| 01.01.2016

After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era. … [more]

Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood

Jean-François Bensahel, Philippe Haddad, Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, and Franklin Rausky | 01.12.2015

On November 23, 2015 at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris, the "Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood," signed by various persons of the French Jewish world (Jean-François Bensahel, Rabbi Philippe Haddad, Rabbi Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, Franklin Rausky), was presented by the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. An unofficial English translation of the statement follows.[more]




Statements | Ecumenical (21)

The Kairos Palastine Document

| 01.08.2010

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God's divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God's love for all, the mystery of God's divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging - a word of faith, hope and love. … [more]

Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

World Counil of Churches (WCC) | 06.09.2009

1. While the decision of the United Nations (UN) of 1947 (Resolution 181) to establish two states in the land of Palestine was partially achieved with the creation of the state of Israel, the second part of this resolution is still waiting for realization: the establishment of a Palestinian state. … [more]

Holocaust/Shoah: Its Effects on Christian Theology and Life in Argentina and Latin America

First Symposium of Christian Theology, Buenos Aires, May 17, 200 | 07.06.2006

[more]




Statements | Roman Catholic (60)

To Participants in the International Conference on the Responsibility of States, Institutions and Individuals to Fight Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Pope Francis | 01.04.2018

Address of His Holiness on Monday, 29 January 2018, Clementine Hall, Vatican. … [more]

"Jerusalem is a treasure of all humanity that cannot be reduced to a territorial dispute and political sovereignty"

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | 01.01.2018

Jerusalem, December 8, 2017 – Amidst the reactions prompted by the decision of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem underscores the sacredness of the city and wishes that she remains a place where Jews, Christians and Moslems continue to meet one another.[more]

"We have a special responsibility to be and to live as people of peace"

Pope Francis | 01.10.2017

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis for the International Meeting "Paths of Peace", Muenster and Osnabrueck, Germany, 10-12 September 2017. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (170)

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

Casey Strine* | 01.07.2018

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* | 01.07.2018

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 | 01.06.2018

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 | 02.04.2018

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 | 01.01.2018

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* | 01.12.2017

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 (166)

Christianity’s Original Sin?

Tatha Wiley* | 01.07.2018

Can the church itself be guilty of sin? In 1994, Pope John Paul II addressed that question.[1] He distinguished between the sins of individuals and that of the church. The church as such does not sin, according to John Paul. Individuals do, and repentance is essential for forgiveness. … [more]




Statements | Orthodox (3)

To Recognize Christ in His People: Declaration by a Round Table of Eastern Orthodox Priests and Cultural Representatives

| 01.06.2007

Twelve Eastern Orthodox priests and lay leaders from Greece, Georgia, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine issued this statement at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Jerusalem, April 20-24, 2007. … [more]

Statement by Metropolitan Yuvenali (Russian Orthodox Church)
on the Alleged "Ritual" Nature of the Murder of the Royal Family

Metropolitan Yuvenali | 01.06.2005

In its historical analysis of the Ekaterinburg tragedy, the Commission could not avoid dealing with the question of the so-called ritual murder of the royal family, which continues to be the subject of press articles. … [more]

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Regarding Anti-Semitic Posters

| 01.05.2005

Upon learning the facts with regard to the anti-Semitic posters and graffiti that appeared in Belgrade on March 22 of this year, as well as of earlier, similar and in some cases even more blatant, inhumane and malicious demonstrations of prejudice and intolerance toward the Jewish people, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, convened today, March 24, in prayerful memory of the innocent victims of the bombing by the NATO alliance, wishes to communicate the following … [more]




Statements | Interreligious (5)

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East

| 01.01.2017

Declaration of the Spain Summit for Religious Peace in the Middle East … [more]

International Abrahamic Forum condemns German ban on circumcision

International Abrahamic Forum | 10.07.2012

The International Abrahamic Forum is deeply concerned by the recent ban on circumcision by the court in Cologne, Germany. … [more]

Resolution

ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum | 01.11.2011

At its meeting held January 2011 in the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, Germany, the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews, implementing the decision taken by the 2010 ICCJ Annual General Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, decided to renew its commitment to the Jewish-Christina-Muslim dialogue. During a trilateral consultation, held in Berlin, December 2010, the following proposition was drafted, with which the ICCJ Executive Board unanimously agreed. … [more]

Reports

A Tale of Two Cities: Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Budapest and Kecskemét

"Towards Reconciliation in a Broken World. Jewish and Christian Contributions to Responsible Citzizenship". Report on the ICCJ Conference in Budapest, Hungary, June 2018. ... [more]