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Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Regina Coeli: A Jewish Source?

Raphael Jospe* | 03.07.2019

The famous Latin hymn of the Roman Catholic Church, “Regina Coeli” (alt. “Regina Caeli”), which goes back to the 12th century, praises Mary, the mother of Jesus, as “Queen of Heaven.”[1] ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

Christianity and Judaism: a heightened friendship challenged by the return of anti-Semitism and ignorance

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.07.2019

In recent months, a series of events in Rome highlighted the excellent state of Jewish-Christian relations today, leading many representatives on both sides to exclaim that they have never been so good before. ... [more]

Reports (370)

Commemoration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See

Pietro Parolin | 01.07.2019

The following is the address given by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on June 15, 2019, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See, which took place in the Major Temple in Rome.[more]

WCC, IJCIC agree to restore formal relations, strengthen communication

World Council of Churches | 01.07.2019

28 June 2019 - The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) have met formally on 25-27 June in Paris. … [more]

Statement on recent alarming incidents in Poland

Polish Council of Christians and Jews | 01.06.2019

ICCJ’s member organization, the Polish Council of Christians and Jews (Polska Rada Chrześcijan i Żydów), published on May 14, 2019 a statement on recent alarming incidents in Poland. … [more]




Book Reviews (98)

Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion

Shaul Magid | 01.07.2019

Daniel Boyarin:
Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion.

New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018.
234 pp. $29.95 (paper). … [more]

Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

Robert Erlewine | 01.06.2019

Paul Mendes-Flohr:
Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.
440 pp. $26.00 (cloth). … [more]

Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography

Jay Howard Geller | 01.03.2019

Amir Engel:
Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
xiv + 226 pp. $40.00 (cloth). … [more]




News (1)

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

JCR | 31.12.2017

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* | 31.01.2017

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 | 30.11.2016

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) | 29.02.2016

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 (53)

The Demands of Our Time

ICCJ | 02.03.2019

Looking with alarm and revulsion upon the current resurgence of antisemitism in many countries the ICCJ publishes a statement entitled "The Demands of Our Time" … [more]

The Dignity of the Human Being. Children in Jewish and Catholic Teaching

| 30.11.2018

16th Bilateral Commission Meeting of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. … [more]

Joint Reflections on the Declaration “Between Jerusalem and Rome”

| 30.11.2017

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]




Statements | Jewish (14)

Between Jerusalem and Rome - כלל ופרט בין ירושלים לרומי

The Conference of European Rabbis[*] and The Rabbinical Council of America[**] | 31.01.2017

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

| 31.12.2015

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 | 30.11.2015

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

| 31.07.2010

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) | 05.09.2009

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 | 06.06.2006

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Statements | Roman Catholic (66)

A theology of welcoming and dialogue

Pope Francis | 01.07.2019

Address of His Holiness at the meeting on the theme "Theology after Veritatis Gaudium in the context of the Mediterranean", Naples, 21 June 20109. … [more]

"Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal"

Pope Francis | 01.06.2019

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Clementine Hall Thursday, 9 May 2019. … [more]

For a Christian any form of antisemitism is a rejection of one’s own origins, a complete contradiction

Pope Francis | 01.04.2019

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to members of the American Jewish Committee, Vatican, Consistory Hall, Friday, 8 March 2019. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (178)

Jesus and The Pharisees: an International Interreligious Conference

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.05.2019

The Pontifical Biblical Institute, Cardinal Bea Center, Gregorian University Foundation, American Jewish Committee and Italian Bishops Conference unite to reassess history and stereotypes. … [more]

Approaching Passover and Easter: The Past and Future of Jewish-Christian Relations

Ron Kronish | 01.05.2019

As we approach the holidays of Passover and Easter, we are mindful that this used to be a time of great tension historically between Christians and Jews. “Good Friday”–the Friday before Easter– was often a time of anti-Jewish pogroms in medieval Europe, with the blood libel and accompanying violence haunting the Jews all over Europe for centuries. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (127)

Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Signer (1945-2009)

| 01.05.2019

Ten Years ago on January 10, 2009, Rabbi Michael Signer, one of the most outstanding figures of Jewish-Christian relations of recent times, died after a long battle against cancer. He was as one of the four authors of the groundbreaking 2000 statement Dabru Emet, subtitled “A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity”. In memory of his person and his work, the following biographical sketch is published.*[more]

"I am Joseph, Your Brother"

| 01.05.2019

A documentary film (59 min.) from 2001, which follows the dramatic changes in the relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people over the past half century. … [more]

Women’s Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible

Jessica Spencer* | 01.04.2019

“The wisdom of women builds her house.” (Proverbs 14:1). … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (175)

Structures of Violence and the Denigration of Law in Christian Thought[1]

Barbara U. Meyer* | 02.06.2019

This article examines three major patterns of violence in Christian theological thought traditions: supersessionism (the idea that Christianity replaced Judaism), realized eschatology (the presentation of a promised future of reconciliation as basically already present in the world today), and inclusivism (the Christian impulse to integrate others as a universalist aim). Previous scholars have examined these patterns separately, but they have not previously been discussed in a comprehensive effort to analyze Christian thinking habits of degrading others, in particular Judaism.[more]

Dialogical Theology Moored in Buber’s Dialogical Philosophy

Ephraim Meir* | 01.05.2019

A growing interreligious theology is a challenge for any confessional theology. In confessional theology, one reflects first of all upon the own tradition and only in a second step upon the relation with other religions. … [more]




Statements | Orthodox (3)

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

| 31.05.2007

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 | 31.05.2005

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

| 30.04.2005

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 (6)

The specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif must be protected

| 01.05.2019

Appeal by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Holiness Pope Francis regarding Jerusalem / Al-Quds the Holy Citiy and a place of encounter. Issued during the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Marocco, 30-31 March, 2019. … [more]

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East

| 31.12.2016

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

International Abrahamic Forum condemns German ban on circumcision

International Abrahamic Forum | 09.07.2012

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

Reports

People, Ideas and Boundaries on the Move

Press Release of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee on the 24th International Catholic Jewish-Liaison Committee Meeting (Rome, Italy, 13 to 16 May 2019), 17.05.2019 ... [more]