4. Reflections Toward Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Maria Martini and Cardinal Carlo

in The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228058
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237111 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

4. Reflections Toward Jewish-Christian Dialogue

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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

Chapter.  3911 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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