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Philip A Cunningham, Norbert J. Hofmann, and Joseph Sievers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228058

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228058.001.0001

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4. Reflections Toward Jewish-Christian Dialogue

4. Reflections Toward Jewish-Christian Dialogue

(p.29) 4. Reflections Toward Jewish-Christian Dialogue
The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Maria Martini

Cardinal Carlo

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Bruno Forte has outlined the fundamental elements of a Christian theology of Judaism that provide a positive reading of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Such a theology must not succumb to extremist temptations, either of an exclusivist nature (according to which Christianity has nothing to do with Judaism and should simply forgo any connection with the First Testament) or of an inclusivist bent (by which Christianity implies that God's plan favoring the people of Israel has been replaced with another plan of salvation that does not consider Israel). This chapter argues that it is not only for specialists to discuss the relations between Jews and Christians, but also that there is a need to find some points of reference for a common ecclesial agenda and for dialogue between ordinary Christians and Jews that provides a context for the efforts of the theologians and the exegetes. It cites four things that are necessary to make progress on the road of friendship and reconciliation: the Christian Bible, post-biblical Judaism, collaboration with Jews, and intercession.

Keywords:   Bruno Forte, Christian theology, Christianity, Judaism, Israel, Jews, Christians, dialogue, Christian Bible, post-biblical Judaism

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