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Risk and Renewal in Christianity

Pawlikowski, John T. | 31.01.2009

Two of the most contested documents at Vatican Council II were the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitas Humanae) and the Declaration on the Church’s Relationship with Non-Christians (Nostra Aetate). At various moments in the course of the Council it appeared that either or both these documents might be stricken from the agenda. The basic reason for the controversy surrounding these texts is not hard to fathom. … [more]

Eternally Committed to the Other!

Khallouk, Mohammed | 30.11.2008

Levinas's Philosophy as the Basis for the Encounter of different Cultures … [more]

60 years - the Church and the State of Israel

Crüsemann, Frank | 31.08.2008

The churches have changed their theological insights in regard to Judaism but have not made a connection between basic theological insights and their rather short-sighted political declarations regarding Israel and the Middle East conflict. There is an apparent discrepancy between the two that forms a typical pattern hat characterizes the time after WW II up to our days. … [more]

Jewish Influence on Early Christian Liturgy: A Reappraisal

Bradshaw, Paul | 30.06.2008

Although right from the beginning of the scientific study of early Christian worship there were some who examined its Jewish background to look for possible antecedents, yet this line of enquiry was relatively slow in becoming widely established. … [more]

God’s Presence in Israel and Incarnation: A Christian-Jewish Dialogue

Henrix, Hans-Hermann / Kessler, Eduard | 30.06.2008

A theological exchange between a Catholic and a Jewish theologian on the understanding of incarnation. … [more]

First to the Jews and also to the Greeks:'
A Clearing through the Letter to the Romans

Wengst, Klaus | 31.05.2008

Before his experience of being called, Paul had been provoked to persecute those of his compatriots who believed in Jesus as Messiah. As a consequence he could interpret his experience at Damascus only as a calling to be an 'apostle to the nations.' In turn, this resulted for him in his pondering the problem of the relationship of the nations with the God of Israel and therefore also with the people of Israel. … [more]

Themes in Post-Nostra Aetate Catholic Ecclesial Documents

Cunningham, Philip A. | 31.05.2008

Since Nostra Aetate Vatican commissions, national conferences of Catholic bishops, and Pope John Paul II issued numerous statements concerning Christian-Jewish relations. Although only partially internalized among Catholics worldwide, these documents have developed over four decades into a complex system of interlocking ideas that becomes difficult to chart even when restricted to only Vatican materials. It is no exaggeration to suggest that these texts, together with their counterparts in other Christian communities, represent an unprecedented Christian affirmation of Judaism’s positive theological significance for the church — a constructive endeavor that has not been seriously pursued since New Testament times. … [more]

Of What Concern is the State of Israel to Christians?

Wengst, Klaus | 30.04.2008

Theological Approaches to a Difficult Subject … [more]

Paul and Gender: Three Jewish Perspectives

Langton, Daniel R. | 31.03.2008

The three writers featured here are prepared to reassess Paul. As such, their studies represent significant contributions to both Jewish-Christian dialogue and intra-Jewish identity politics. … [more]

Modern Jewish Views of Jesus

Pawlikowski, John T. | 31.01.2008

Within the last century a small number of Jewish scholars have taken a new approach to the Jesus question but now in more cooperation and dialogue with Christian scholars than ever before. … [more]