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The Catholic Church and the Jewish PeopleRecent Reflections from Rome$
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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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5. The Difficult Apprenticeship of Diversity

5. The Difficult Apprenticeship of Diversity

(p.41) 5. The Difficult Apprenticeship of Diversity
The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Anna Foa

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The history of the relations between Jews and Christians in the long centuries that preceded Nostra Aetate is a history that begins with the rise of Christianity and stretches over a period of almost two thousand years. This chapter concentrates on what happened to the Jewish-Christian relations after the eighteenth century. The latter period discussed here marked the beginning of the gradual secularization of society, while the relationship between the Jews and the Catholic Church entered a profound crisis that would not be healed until the Second Vatican Council and the decisive turning point of Nostra Aetate. Problems that have affected Jewish-Christian relations over the years include attempts to convert Jewish minorities to accept the Christian religion, the burning of the Talmud, and charges of ritual desecrations and murders against Jewish communities between the late Middle Ages and the first centuries of the modern era. Jews have also been expelled from some regions in Europe and forced to live in ghettos.

Keywords:   Jews, Christians, ghettos, Catholic Church, Nostra Aetate, Talmud, murders, Christianity, ritual desecrations

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