A Jewish Perspective on the Presbyterian Church's Study Document on Christian-Jewish Relations

By A. James Rudin

American Jewish Committee (AJC), June 1987

At a General Assembly in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Presbyterian Church (USA) overwhelmingly adopted a statement on Christian-Jewish relations, culminating a six-year effort to develop a comprehensive position on this issue. The seven affirmations in this document show a very positive approach to Judaism, accepting the idea of Jewish chosenness, condemning "the teaching of contempt" for the Jews, and acknowledging that the land of Israel is still promised to the people of Israel. This report discusses those affirmations, their potential to initiate a change in Christian-Jewish relations, and objections in the Arab-Christian world to some of the document's stances. Finally, questions are raised regarding the meaning and implications to the American Jewish world, and the fitting timing for interreligious dialogue.

Topic: Jewish-Christian Relations, Christianity, Discourse and Dialogue, Religion, Interfaith Relations

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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James Rudin, A.. A Jewish Perspective on the Presbyterian Church's Study Document on Christian-Jewish Relations. American Jewish Committee (AJC). June 1987: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12798


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