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JUNI 2019:

- Barbara U. Meyer: Structures of Violence and the Denigration of Law in Christian Thought. Article
- Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee: People, Ideas and Boundaries on the Move. Report
- Deborah Weissman: Sharing Tragedy Can Bring Hope. Report
- Polish Council of Christians and Jews: Statement on recent alarming incidents in Poland. Report
- Pope Francis: "Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal". Report
- Robert Erlewine: Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent. Book review

MAY 2018:

- Ephraim Meir: Dialogical Theology Moored in Buber’s Dialogical Philosophy. Article
- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: Jesus and The Pharisees: an International Interreligious Conference. Article
- Ron Kronish: Approaching Passover and Easter: The Past and Future of Jewish-Christian Relations. Article
- In Memory of: Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Signer (1945-2009). Article
- "I am Joseph, Your Brother" A documentary film (59 min.) from 2001. Article
- JCR: Religious freedom advocates call on elected leaders to protect the ability to practice faith without fear. Report
- JCR: Parallel Traces: New EU-funded Jewish heritage project aims to promote awareness through digital art. Report
- King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis The specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif must be protected. Statement

APRIL 2019:

- Lisa Palmieri-Billig: “The Roots of Jews and Christians are the Same, Our Future lies in recognizing this”. Article
- Ron Kronish: Opening the Vatican Archives: Will It Matter? Article
- Jessica Spencer: Women’s Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible.Report
- JCR: ‘Leo Baeck Summer University 2019 - Jewish Berlin - Past and Present.Report
- JCR: The Church is not afraid of history. Report
- Pope Francis: For a Christian any form of antisemitism is a rejection of one’s own origins, a complete contradiction. Statement
- Pope Franis: Friendship and dialogue between Jews and Christians need to pass beyond the boundaries of the scientific community. Statement

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

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]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

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]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (177)

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]

“The Roots of Jews and Christians are the Same, Our Future lies in recognizing this”

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 01.04.2019

A personal interview with Dr. Etienne Vetö, the priest who directs the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies. … [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 (174)

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]

Reflections on the recent Orthodox Jewish Statements on Jewish-Catholic Relations

David Rosen | 01.03.2019

It is not surprising that the new era of Christian–Jewish relations was pioneered by the more liberal trends within the two faith traditions. The modern age of enlightenment and emancipation led to the emergence of new streams of Judaism and brought Jews increasingly into the social mainstream leading to the growing reevaluation of the Jewish-Christian relationship. … [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

Opening the Vatican Archives: Will It Matter?

There will be no dramatic revelations about the Pope's Holocaust record -- and it's time for Jews to abandon that quest. ... [more]