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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 2017 is the right moment to launch a comprehensive Encyclopedia of Jewish - Christian Relations in four volumes. Until 2021 international experts at the cutting edge of their discipline will 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.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (EJCR) co-sponsored this year's Enoch Nangeroni Meeting on Gender and Second Temple Judaism in Rome.
The Enoch Seminar is an open and inclusive forum of international specialists in early Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Scholars with different methodologies and approaches have the opportunity to meet and share the results of their research, thereby fostering diversity in all its forms and promoting dialogue and mutual understanding between Jews, Christians, and Muslims about their common roots. The meetings are characterized by a distinctive format, where papers circulate in advance, are thoroughly discussed among participants, and are disseminated to a wider audience via publication.
At this particular meeting (June 17-21, 2018), over 40 international experts brought into sharp focus the need for a discussion of women in particular and gender in general in light of the evidence and scholarship from the Second Temple Period, broadly conceived. The scholars focused on the methodological challenges of considering the ancient evidence and asking questions of gender, and the application of such methodologies to the ancient literary and material evidence.
On June 20th, 2018, the Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (EJCR) presented a panel discussion with international experts of the field. The event took place at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, in cooperation with the Enoch Seminar and supported by the Cardinal Bea Institute of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute; and included the following panelists:
- Prof. Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley
- Prof. Walter Homolka, University of Potsdam
- Prof. Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University
- Prof. Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa
- Prof. Etienne Vetö, Pontifical Gregorian University
A link to the Podium Discussion can be found here (Youtube):
Panelist Prof. Homolka pointed to the question how theologians of all Christian faiths can find and implement a Christology that satisfies the new reality between Christians and Jews and is able to express Christian identity in a way meaningful to Christians today. He underlined that when Jews ask Christians to respect their traditions and place demands on Christian theologians to revisit their theology in order to accommodate Jewish (and other non-Christian) views, they should also be prepared to respect and accept the reception history of Jesus the Jew within Christianity. The intractable and reciprocal relationship between both religions at such a formative element requires this. Prof. Homolka emphasised that there is good reason for both traditions to look into their own histories and to learn to respect and learn of each other.
A conference on “Christology between Judaism and Christianity” is currently being prepared by the Universities of Vienna and Potsdam for January 2019 as an initiative of the Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations project.