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Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The Understanding of Paul’s Theology and Christian Anti-Judaism

E.P. Sanders | 02.12.2016

In Rom. 9.4-5, Paul writes this about his kindred “according to the flesh:” “They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship [that is, the temple services]. And from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah.” ... [more]

Statements | Protestant

"… 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]

Reports (302)

ICCJ 2017 Conference: Reforming, Rereading, Renewing

Anette Adelmann | 01.12.2016

Preparations for ICCJ's 2017 annual conference to be held in Bonn/Germany, July 2-5, are under way. The theme of next year's conference is "Reforming, Rereading, Renewing: Martin Luther and 500 Years of Tradition and Reform in Judaism and Christianity". … [more]

No to a mission to the Jews

JCR | 01.12.2016

The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) convened in Magdeburg for four days - on topics including solidarity in Europe, mission to the Jews and also Donald Trump. By the time it ended on 9 November it had taken numerous decisions. One of the most important was the decision to reject any mission to the Jews. … [more]

Religious Leaders’ Summit for Peace in the Middle East: “Religion can no longer be an obstacle”

Myriam Ambroselli | 01.12.2016

ALICANTE – An interreligious meeting was held on November 14-16, 2016 in Spain, which brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders. At the heart of the debate is the responsibility of religious leaders in the construction of peace in the Middle East. They reiterated their appeal against violence and incitement to hatred between religions. … [more]




Book Reviews (75)

Maimonides and the Theological Diversity of Judaism

George Kohler | 01.09.2016

James A. Diamond:
Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
319 pp. $99.00 (cloth). … [more]

The Jewish Reception of the Apostle Paul

Michael Kok | 01.04.2016

John G. Gager:
Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul.

New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.
208 pp. $30.00 (cloth). … [more]

Adloyada: Drunk on the History of Yishuv Purim Celebrations

Rachel S. Harris | 01.03.2016

Hizky Shoham:
Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism.

Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2014.
275 pp. $59.00 (cloth) … [more]




Statements | Protestant (45)

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]

“…in our time…”

| 01.12.2015

A statement on relations between the Presbytery of Chicago and the Jewish community in metropolitan Chicago. Proposed to the Presbytery of Chicago November 21, 2015 … [more]




Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (49)

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]

Celebrating and Deepening the New Christian-Jewish Relationship

ICCJ | 01.09.2015

A Statement from the International Council of Christians and Jews on the Golden Jubilee of the Second Vatican Council Declaration, Nostra Aetate 2015 ICCJ Annual Conference in Rome … [more]

Joint Statement of the 22nd International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting

| 01.11.2013

The 22nd meeting of the ILC took place in Madrid, Spain, from 13-16 October, 2013, hosted by the Spanish Bishops´ Conference and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain. … [more]




Statements | Jewish (13)

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]

Manifesto for Combating Religious Extremism

Conference of European Rabbis | 01.03.2015

The threat posed by religious extremists is global, immediate, violent and deeply rooted in issues of identity, theology and faith. Countless governments, think tanks and NGOs spend millions of dollars every year, debating and redeveloping strategies to deal with religious extremism but the Conference of European Rabbis believes that it is religious communities themselves who should carry the burden of responsibility to offer tangible solutions to this intractable global problem. … [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

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Statements | Roman Catholic (52)

May the religions be wombs of life

Pope Francis | 01.12.2016

Address of his Holiness to representatives of different religions, November 3, 3016. … [more]

Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue

Pope Francis | 01.10.2016

Address of the Holy Father on the occasion of his visit at Assisi's interfaith gathering, September 20, 2016 … [more]

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis | 01.02.2016

Visit to the synagoogue of Rome, Sunday, 17 January 2016. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (154)

Our hope ist not lost

Shimon Peres | 01.11.2016

Shimon Peres, israeli statesman, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and tireless warrior for peace, died on September 28, 2016. To remember his character and to honour his legacy JCR republishes his speech, given on January 27, 2010, at the German Parliament on the occasion of Holocaust remembrance day.[more]

The Mutating Virus: Understanding Anti-Semitism

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks | 02.10.2016

Key note speech by former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Lord Jonathan Sacks during a conference about anti-Semitism and the future of Jews in Europe, hosted by the European Parliament on September 27, 2016.[more]

Will the world ever learn?

Elie Wiesel | 01.09.2016

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel, the Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, died July 2 this year, 2016. He was the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. To remember his extraordinary character and to honour his legacy JCR republishes his speech, given on June 5, 2009, when he visited together with US President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, where his father once was murdered.[more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (114)

The Jewish-Christian Dialogue – its Universal Significance

Rabbi David Rosen | 01.11.2016

There is nothing comparable to the transformation of the Jewish-Christian relationship “in our times”. A people presented by the Church in the past as condemned, rejected by God, in league with the devil, is today viewed in the words of Saint John Paul II as the “dearly beloved elder brother of the Church of the Eternal Covenant” with whom the Church has a unique “intrinsic” relationship. … [more]

Leaders in the Modern Jewish-Christian Relationship: Cardinal Augustin Bea (1881-1968)

Scarboro Missions | 01.11.2016

At an age when many people have long since retired, Augustin Bea found himself thrust into the heart of some of the most controversial debates in modern Catholic history—and became one of the quiet heroes of modern Jewish-Catholic relations. … [more]

Universalism and Particularism in the Liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Ron Kronish | 02.10.2016

Of all of the Jewish holidays, the major ones that are coming up next week—Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)—are the most universal in their message. At the same time, they do not ignore Jewish particularism. Yet, the universalist/humanist side of these days is all too often downplayed and subdued in favor of the nationalist themes which can also be found in our prayers on these days. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (150)

From IV Lateran Council to II Vatican Council – 800 Years of Catholic Attitudes towards Judaism

Mordechay Lewy | 02.06.2016

Speech delivered on 9th of November 2015 at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome by , … [more]

The Covenant that was Never Cancelled. Historical facts and Prophetic Visions

Michael P. Maier | 01.05.2016

Lecture presented at the conference “From the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 to Nostra Aetate in 1965”, November 9, 2015, Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.[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 (4)

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]

Joint Declaration by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbis of Israel

| 01.10.2006

The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger of Israel met in friendship at Lambeth Palace on 5th September 2006/12th of Elul 5766, to commit themselves to a continuing relationship based on mutual trust and respect. At the end of their meeting they made the following statement.

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Reports

In Memoriam Sir Sigmund Sternberg

This week Sir Sigmund Sternberg, patron of the International Council of Christians and Jews and (co-) founder of the Three Faiths Forum, one of the ICCJ’s members in the United Kingdom, passed away at the age of 95. ... [more]