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Why Jews Don't Proselytize

Reuven Firestone | 01.05.2020

The ancestors of the biblical Israelites, like all the other communities of the ancient Near East, were idol worshippers. We know quite a bit about their religion from the great number of archaeological finds, including writings, that have been unearthed in what are today’s Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. It appears that all the peoples of the ancient Near East practiced essentially the same religion. … [more]

Pope Pius XII’s Refusal to Publicly Condemn the Holocaust

Zaina-Sophie Salibi | 01.05.2020

In 2007, the beatification process of Pope Pius XII was met with protests by Jewish and Catholic leaders alike. The point of contention was the controversy over the Pope’s public silence on the Holocaust both during and after the Second World War. … [more]

To speak or not to speak: that was the Question

Lisa Palmieri Billig* | 01.04.2020

The forthcoming opening of the Vatican Archives on March 2 is an event of worldwide significance to historians and scholars, especially those interested in clearing the mystery of Pius XII's proverbial "silence" regarding the ongoing annihilation of Jews during the War years of his papacy (1939 - 1958). … [more]

The New Anti-Zionism and the Old Anti-Semitism: Transformations

Raphael Jospe* | 01.03.2020

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Anti-Eschatology: Maimonides on the Messianic Era and the World to Come

Raphael Jospe* | 02.01.2020

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New Clothing, Old Hatred: Changes and Transformations of Antisemitism

Alan Berger | 01.12.2019

Lecture given at the 2019 ICCJ International Conference, Lund, Sweden.[more]

From Apologetics to Self-confidence. A New Form of Interreligious Dialogue.

Rabbi Ute Steyer* | 01.10.2019

Lecture given at the ICCJ conference 2019 in Lund/Sweden, June 30.[more]

Jewish Views of Christianity: Some Reflections

Raphael Jospe* | 01.09.2019

Much has been written in recent years on Jewish-Christian relations, including developments in Jewish attitudes towards Christianity. … [more]

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]

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]