Special Issue "Christian Theologies of Jews and Judaism"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adam Gregerman
Guest Editor
Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies & Associate Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, 19131, PA, USA
Interests: Christianity; Judaism; Christian–Jewish relations; Rabbinic Judaism; Early Christianity; Biblical studies; history of interpretation
Dr. Philip Cunningham
Guest Editor
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies & Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, 19131, PA, USA
Interests: Christianity; Judaism; Christian–Jewish relations; Modern Catholicism; Vatican II; Biblical studies; history of interpretation; theology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For nearly two millennia, Christian views of Jews and Judaism were almost exclusively critical and even hostile. In the first four centuries of the Common Era, Christians increasingly defined themselves in opposition to Jews. This antipathy was manifest in an extensive range of polemical literature whose main arguments became entwined with formative Christian self-understanding. Beginning with the Christianization of the Roman Empire after the fourth century, Jews faced not only polemics but also legal discrimination. While sometimes tolerated in medieval Christendom, they also were sometimes the victims of terrible violence (especially after the year 1000). This long, baleful, anti-Jewish tradition was transmuted in the modern period into racialist hatred and aided the Nazis in their nearly successful genocide of Jews in ostensibly “Christian” Europe.

The crisis of conscious catalyzed by the Shoah compelled many Christian communities and theologians to—for the first time in history—critique long-unquestioned, hostile religious assertions about Jews and Judaism. Theologically, the challenge was wide-ranging and included fundamental questions about, for example, how Scripture is read and interpreted, soteriology, ecclesiology, liturgy, and even basic language and terminology.

For this Special Issue of Religions on Christian Theologies of Jews and Judaism, we invite submissions that examine particular aspects of the developments in Christian thought in the aftermath of the Shoah. While we welcome submissions that engage biblical, pre-modern, or modern authors and texts, all essays should relate these topics to the dynamic changes that have taken place in Christian theology in the past seventy-five years. Also welcome are submissions employing diverse methodologies, which can be drawn from the fields of theology, religious studies, history, sociology, and others. We especially invite submissions that make constructive theological contributions to the emerging new relationship between Christians and Jews.

We welcome preliminary submissions of proposals for articles (up to 300 words) and will provide feedback and suggestions. You can reach the guest editors at [email protected] Articles should be between 5000 and 7500 words in length.

The following questions may be considered, but the list is not comprehensive:

1. What approaches are being used to re-evaluate Christian theologies of Jews and Judaism?

2. What issues remain to be addressed or have only been partially addressed?

3. What have been the most difficult or divisive issues in Christian re-evaluations of Jews and Judaism, and why? What are possible ways of addressing these issues?

4. How have our views of history (and the telling of history) changed as a result of a commitment to re-thinking Christian views of Jews and Judaism?

5. How have Christian efforts to overcome anti-Judaism impacted Christianity? What areas of Christian life and thought need to be further reconsidered because of these changes?

6. How has the topic of Christian mission to Jews been re-evaluated?

7. What role is there for Jews in Christian re-evaluations of Jews and Judaism?

8. Are their necessary or recommended changes to Jewish theology as a result of the developments in Christianity?

Dr. Adam Gregerman
Dr. Philip Cunningham
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Christian–Jewish Relations
  • Catholicism
  • Biblical studies
  • history of interpretation
  • theology
  • polemics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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