Jewish - Christian relations can look back on more than half a century of striking achievements. There are now initiatives and centers all over the world addressing fundamental issues. This is why now is the right moment to launch a comprehensive Encyclopedia of Jewish - Christian Relations. International experts at the cutting edge of their discipline summarize in two hundred entries more than two thousand years of Jewish - Christian interaction, assess the achievements of dialogue and provide joint perspectives and new avenues for the future.
EJCR covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to theological concepts (e.g., Christology, Excommunication) spiritual and religious practices (e.g., Prayer, Blessing), ritual (Circumcision, Baptism, Dietary Laws), geographic topics (Ashkenaz, Middle East), denominational concepts (Karaites, Reform Judaism) and political and historical issues (Zionism, Antisemitism). The arts play a role as well, looking at medieval depictions of the ‘Jews’ sow’ or typologies such as ‘Synagogue/Ecclesia’ depictions or the ‘wise and the foolish virgins’.
The essays are written specifically from the perspectives of Jewish-Christian relations. What we find important is that synthesis is provided of the discussions in Jewish-Christian dialogue with challenges clearly marked for each theology because of conclusions drawn in this dialogue.
The database will consist of approximately 200 entries. Updates will take place twice a year, adding 30-40 texts each time.
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