Sunday, 10 January 2016
Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, page xiv-xvii
In 2002 the Christian Scholars Group - a group of American scholas who have meeting since 1969 to work of Christian-Jewish rekations - published a response the the 2000 statement 'Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity.' The Jewish side published the book "Christianity in Jewish Terms" explaining their points in more detail in 2000, and "Seeing Judaism Anew" is a response from Christian scholars.
Like the Jewish volume, this book is based on ten principles:
- G-d's covenant with the Jewish people endures forever.
- Jesus of Nazareth lived and died as a faithful Jew.
- Ancient rivalries must not define Christian-Jewish relations today.
- Judaism is a living faith, enriched by many centuries of development.
- The Bible both connects and separates Jews and Christians.
- Affirming G-d's enduring covenant with the Jewush people has consequences for Christian understandings of salvation.
- Christians should not target Jews for conversion.
- Christian worship that teaches contempt for Judiasm dishonours G-d.
- We affirm the importance of the land of Israel for the life of the Jewish people.
- Christians should work with Jws for the healing of the world.
We'll look at each of these in more detail in the coming days.