• A Catholic Theology of the Land?: The State of the Question

      Cunningham, Philip A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2013-08-02)
      This article contends that forming a Catholic theology that engages the centrality of Eretz Yisrael for Jews is a pressing need in interreligious relations today. It outlines the historical and religious reasons why such a theology does not presently exist. It then sets forth the parameters within which this development should proceed by referring to the last half-century of Catholic teaching on biblical interpretation and on the covenantal status of the Jewish people. Neither a "fundamentalist" transposition of ancient land promises into today's world nor a backsliding to supersessionist models are acceptable.
    • A Covenantal Christology

      Cunningham, Philip A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
      One of the major theological questions confronting the post-Nostra Aetate Church is how to relate the Christian conviction in the universal saving significance of Jesus Christ with the affirmation of the permanence of Israel’s covenanting with God. The meanings of covenant, salvation, and the Christ-event are all topics that must be considered. This paper proposes that covenant, understood in a theological and relational sense as a human sharing in God’s life, provides a useful Christological and soteriological perspective. Jesus, faithful son of Israel and Son of God, is presented as covenantally unifying in himself the sharing-in-life between God and Israel and also the essential relationality of God. The Triune God’s covenanting with Israel and the Church is seen as drawing humanity into an ever-deepening relationship with God through the Logos and in the Spirit, with both Israel and the Church having distinct duties in this relational process before God and the world.
    • A Holy Land Context for Nostra Aetate

      Neuhaus, sj, David M.; Khader, Jamal (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
      This paper will focus on the Catholic Church in Israel’s experience of and reflections on Jewish-Christian dialogue after Nostra Aetate. The dialogue from this perspective is unique for reasons tied to the context of the dialogue. Firstly, of all the countries of the world, only in Israel are Christians a minority in a Jewish majority. Secondly, Catholics and Jews live in a state defined as Jewish. Thirdly, as most Catholics in Israel are Arabs, dialogue with Jews is also dialogue within the context of a national conflict, between Israelis and Palestinians. Religion has come to play an important role in this conflict. Fourthly, many Jews and Christians in Israel do not have their roots in the Western Christian world but rather in the Middle Eastern Muslim world, which cannot be ignored in the dialogue. All these factors make the interpretation and implementation of section 4 of Nostra Aetate and other guidelines on the dialogue particularly interesting. What perspectives on and challenges to the dialogue between Jews and Christians are discernible in the ongoing experience of the Israeli Jewish-Palestinian Christian dialogue today? Two appendices provide the full texts of recent documents from the Catholic Church in the region.
    • A Jewish Construction of a Catholic Hero: David Levi's "A Pio IX"

      Grazi, Alessandro (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2012-02-01)
      Along with liberals and patriots, many Italian Jews rejoiced on June 16, 1846, when Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti was elected Pope Pius IX. They expected the new Pope to reform the Papal State and to favor Italy’s unification, the goal of the Risorgimento national movement. Italian Jews suffered from a lack of civil rights, to different degrees within each Italian State. Therefore, they saw the Risorgimento as an opportunity to overthrow the regimes ruling on the different Italian regions and consequently as a way to achieve full civil emancipation. Italian Jewish intellectuals built a rich narrative on their support for Risorgimento. Part of this narrative is the poem “A Pio IX” (To Pius IX), composed by the Jewish writer David Levi (1816–1898) in 1846 to honor Pio Nono. This paper presents an analysis of Levi’s poem on a number of levels: historically, it provides further literary evidence of the Jews’ desire to praise Pope Pius IX and of their support for Risorgimento; concerning its content, it investigates Levi’s striking use, along with the more secular symbolism of the Enlightenment, of Catholic and Christological symbolism.
    • A Jewish Response to "Theological Questions and Perspectives in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue" by Cardinal Kurt Koch

      Korn, Eugene (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2012-05-01)
      No abstract is available.
    • “A Model of Christ”: Melito’s Re-Vision of Jewish Akedah Exegeses

      De Andrado, Paba Nidhani (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2017-06-19)
      Several scholars have proposed that Melito, the second-century bishop of Sardis, manifests awareness of Jewish exegeses of Genesis 22 (or Akedah). This article investigates the extent and implications of Melito’s engagement with that Akedah tradition. The first part of this essay examines the Jewish exegetical strands that were in existence during Melito’s period. The second part analyzes Melito’s Fragments 9, 10 and 11, with reference to the Jewish exegeses. This article demonstrates the depth of Melito’s reliance on and response to the Akedah tradition, as he employs its motifs on Isaac, the ram and the Temple site. The Akedah tradition serves as a stimulus for Melito’s soteriological ideas, as he develops his perspectives on the sacrifice of Christ. The Fragments further reveal Melito’s complex attitude towards Judaism, marked by contact, tension and creativity.
    • A Phenomenology of Return: Forgiveness and Atonement in Emmanuel Levinas and Abraham Joshua Heschel

      Palmisano, SJ, Joseph Redfield (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2012-05-01)
      A way of remembering the sanctity of the other may inform and guide Christianity towards a more robust dialogical perspective with others.  This essay will widen the question for the Christian community by exploring how Judaism remembers those who have been wronged.  The methodology is phenomenological in so far as the essay explores the phenomenon of return (teshuva) through the thought of Emmanuel Levinas in dialogue with Abraham Joshua Heschel.  When Christianity regards Judaism as a living tradition, instead of a relic, atonement and forgiveness rises to the broader horizon of being ethically relevant in an interreligious context.  The real-time teaching (talmud) from righteousness (tzedakah) in Judaism opens opportunities for dialogue with otherness.  This exploration of what forgiveness and atonement may mean in a post-Shoah world for Jews and Christians may only contribute to how dialoguing with otherness is a necessary form of return (teshuva) for all interreligious dialogues.  
    • A Public Dialogue: Contemporary Questions about Covenant(s) and Conversion

      Kessler, Ed D; Cunningham, Philip A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-21)
      No abstract is available.
    • A Response to Alon Goshen-Gottstein’s "The New Covenant - Jeremiah 31:30-33 (31:31-34) in Jewish Interpretation"

      Cunningham, Philip A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2020-07-17)
      No abstract is available.
    • A Study of Covenant

      Kessler, Edward (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-21)
      No abstract is available.
    • A Time for Recommitment: Building the New Relationship between Jews and Christians

      Christians and Jews, International Council of (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-21)
      At the 2009 Berlin ICCJ conference, the International Council for Christians and Jews issued a call to recommitment to Christian and Jewish communities around the world.
    • A Time to Deconstruct: Refining the Work of Jewish-Christian Engagement

      Lawrence, Beatrice (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2014-09-30)
      No abstract is available.
    • A. Chadwick Thornhill. The Chosen People: Election, Paul, and Second Temple Judaism

      Staples, Jason A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2017-04-07)
      No abstract is available.
    • Abraham Heschel and the Catholic Heart

      O'Hare, Padraic (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
      This essay associates the deep abiding influence of Rabbi Heschel on Christians with his unique expression of an incarnational religious imagination, appealing to all Christians with a “Catholic heart.” In this view, the opposing worldview to dualism, life is experienced sacramentally, God is experienced immanently and religious symbols are experienced as deeply efficacious. The essay focuses especially on the incarnational trait of associating mystical experience and contemplative prayer with prophetic action and reveals how this link is nurtured and cultivated by Heschel and by his friend, Thomas Merton.
    • Abraham Joshua Heschel: Witness to God in Word and Deed

      Merkle, John C. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
      “There are no proofs for the existence of the God of Abraham,” said Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972). “There are only witnesses.” For countless Jews and Christians, Heschel was, in both his words and his deeds, one of the preeminent witnesses to God in the twentieth century. To commemorate the centennial year of his birth, this article presents of a brief overview of Heschel’s inspiring life and works in the service of God.
    • Adam Gregerman. Building on the Ruins of the Temple. Tests and Studies in Ancient Judaism 165

      Pettit, Peter A. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2017-09-28)
      No abstract is available.
    • Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi. Goy: Israel’s Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile

      Simkovich, Malka Z. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2019-12-04)
      No abstract is available.
    • Adiel Schremer. Brothers Estranged: Heresy, Christianity, and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity

      Langer, Ruth (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-21)
      No abstract is available.
    • After 40 Years, Nostra Aetate's Christological Implications

      Henrix, Hans Hermann (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2011-04-15)
      In reflecting on the Christological statements in Nostra Aetate, §4 and on their implications, both the strongest link between Christians and Jews and their deepest difference have become apparent to Christian theology. The essential Christian conviction that the crucified and risen Jesus Christ is the Messiah and beyond that the Incarnate Son of God is not only denied by Jews, but is incomprehensible for them. Jewish objections have caused Christian theology to ask whether it is possible for it to say something positive as regards Jewish hope in the Messiah, a hope which also says “no” to Christians’ faith in Christ. The Pontifical Biblical Commission picked up on this question in a positive way in its text of the year 2001, The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible. In addition, Jewish criticism of the Christian idea of the Incarnation, not least in discussions of shituf ("association"), has brought a new awareness of the importance for Christian-Jewish dialogue of the teaching of the Council of Chalcedon on the preservation of the character of each nature unified in Christ.
    • Alan Brill. Judaism and Other Religions: Models of Understanding

      Knitter, Paul F. (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2013-01-09)
      No abstract is available.