New Material:

JULY 2014:

- Susanne Talabardon: Early Rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity – born as twins.
- Central Conference of American Rabbis: Condemning the Vote of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly to Engage in Divestment. Report
- Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: Dialogue in Truth and Charity. Pastoral Orientations for Interreligious Dialogue. Statement
- Kenneth Atkinson: Rethinking Flavius Josephus as a Witness to Early Jewish Theologies. Book review

JUNE 2014:

- Chaim Noll: The Fiftieth Day. Jewish and Christian aspects of Pentecost.
- CCJ: British CCJ Announces Two New Appointments. Report
- JCR: US Rabbis welcome Pope’s visit. Report
- Pope Francis: Address to the President of the State of Israel. Statement
- Pope Francis: Address at Ben Gurion International Airport. Statement
- Pope Francis: Address to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel. Statement
- Pope Francis: Address at Yad Vashem. Statement
- Pope Francis: Address at the meeting with Palestinian Authorities. Statement
- Motti Inbari: Evangelical Christians and Jews: A Match Made in Heaven? Book review

MAY 2014:

- Alexandra Hawryluk: “Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?” Impressions and reflections about the ICCJ Conference 2013 at Aix en Provence in the light of the current events in Ukraine.
- Paul Parker: The Challenges of Christian Ecumenism in Israel and Palestine.
- Malcolm Lowe: Who Are the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem?
- Deborah Weissman: Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Commitment and Challenges. Latin American and International Experiences and Perspectives. Report
- Eric E. Tuten: Religious Worldviews and Evolving Political Realities. Book review

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Early Rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity – born as twins

Susanne Talabardon | 02.07.2014

1 Avant-Propos
The following essay is meant to be an attempt to summarize in general terms the results of recent religion-historical research on the beginnings of Judaism and Christianity. For this reason, an all-encompassing apparatus of footnotes is dispensed with, as well as quotations in their original languages. ... [more]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

The Fiftieth Day

Chaim Noll | 02.06.2014

Jewish and Christian aspects of Pentecost ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (128)

“Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?”

Alexandra Hawryluk | 01.05.2014

What intrigued me was the theme of the Aix-en-Province conference: “Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?” In the spring of 2013, at a conference on Religion and Canadian Public Discourse at McGill University in Montreal, participants were asked to think about how we’re “Bridging the Secular Divide”. Both themes seemed to be suggesting that the differences between those, who are saying that the public square is no place for religion, and those who are encouraging people to bring their religious values into the public square, might be too great to be reconciled. … [more]

Who Are the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem?

Malcolm Lowe | 01.05.2014

There is no individual or group that is empowered to act as "the voice of Palestinian Christians." It is not "the Palestinian Christians" but just one or two individuals who pen those public statements, even if these appear under a title that can vary from the respectable ("Heads of Churches") to the preposterous ("Kairos Palestine"). The only worthwhile question is whether the message is composed in a truly Christian spirit or is merely political agitation clothed in theological verbiage. … [more]

"Confusion of spirits" - a sequel.

Maximilian Gottschlich | 01.04.2014

This article is a reply to the article by Reuven Firestone:
A Confusion of Minds? An Objection


Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (98)

The Challenges of Christian Ecumenism in Israel and Palestine

Paul Parker | 01.05.2014

The following article by Paul Parker about the diversity and vitality of Christians in Palestine and Israel was written for and published in "Sightings", an online journal of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. For further reference please see the editorial remarks down at the end of page. (JCR)[more]

Victims and Sacrifices *

Markus Himmelbauer | 01.01.2014

Alongside Jews and the Sinti and Roma people, the National Socialist regime of violence brought suffering to many others. The persecution of Christians, however, cannot be considered in any sense ‘alongside’ the Shoah. … [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions (138)

Lutheran-Jewish Relations in the United States: A Historical and Personal Retrospect

Franklin Sherman | 01.03.2014

In the following I will offer, first, a brief retrospect on the history of the Lutheran and Jewish communities in the United States, which show some interesting similarities, both having long been "outliers" from the mainstream Anglo-Protestant culture. I will then give a more detailed account of the closer and more dialogical relationships of the two communities during the past forty to fifty years. … [more]

“Promise, Land, and Hope”: An American Perspective on the Theological Project

Peter A. Pettit | 01.12.2013

Recently I had two conversations that will serve well to introduce the challenges we face when we approach the issues that swirl around the Jewish and Palestinian peoples and the land – which both peoples see as home and which Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all regard as holy. … [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

The Problem of Blasphemy Laws

Last week I was in Pakistan. What was a Jew doing in Pakistan, you might ask? Many of my own friends begged me not to go. “A Jew in Pakistan?” they asked. “There are no Jews living in Pakistan. Shi`ites and Christians and Baha’is and Ahmadis are all in trouble for their lives in Pakistan. Why do you want to go there? You will be taken hostage. You will be killed!” ... [more]