Resources

The following paragraphs are offered as inserts for the parish web site.  They may be used as is, or modified.

HOW WE ARE ADDRESSING ANTI-JUDAISM

"Scholars, religious leaders, and ordinary people, including [Name] parish, share a concern about how certain New Testament readings can promote antagonistic attitudes and even contempt toward the Jewish people.  The long and tragic history of Christian anti-Judaism (fueled, among other things, by liturgically proclaimed scripture readings) has been well documented.  Most listeners are unaware of the harm such texts have done in the past: Holy Week readings especially have led to pogroms and have supported other kinds of evil against the Jewish people.  

"It should be understood that those texts are neither historically nor theologically correct; they are polemical.  [Name] Church wishes to repudiate any anti-Judaic interpretation of the Scriptures and to affirm the profound debt that the Christian Church owes to Judaism.  We keep in mind that, according to the New Testament, the Jews remain 'beloved' of God, 'since the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.'  It is our hope that the church universal will soon find a way to amend this tragic liturgical practice."


Shared Origins, Different Paths

This video was made on 15 May 2016. It shows one of the great possibilities for renewing our faiths. Instead of just learning to tolerate and respect each other's faith, Jews and Christians can help each other to deepen and enrich their faiths. This video shows how that can happen when members of the two faiths open themselves to listening deeply to each other and comparing their different beliefs and practices without judgement.


In addition to this resource, I want to list the books and other resources that have helped me gain understanding of the issue of the anti-Jewish polemic within the New Testament, its historical and cultural roots, its consequences, and possible remedies.