Tiny Martin Luther toy triggers claims of anti-Semitism

A theologically more correct model will be available in March.

CHR Comment: “Ende” would simply mean the reader is at the last page for that part of the book. It is not intended as a theological statement about the Hebrew Scriptures.

Source: Tiny Martin Luther toy triggers claims of anti-Semitism


UNESCO Adopts Controversial Jerusalem Resolution

Israel last week suspended its ties with UNESCO over the draft resolution.

CHR Comment: Toward the end of the article is a statement from an Arab representative who states that the UNESCO resolution acknowledges sites as Jewish, Islamic, and Christian though only Arabic names are used, which could be interpreted as excluding the Jews. (Arabic is a language used by both Christians and Muslims but apparently not so much by Jews.)

Source: UNESCO adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

Vatican Says Catholics Should Not Try to Convert Jews

Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major document drawing the Church further away from the strained relations of the past.

CHR Comment: On the fiftieth anniversary of the papal document Nostra Aetate, which helped initiate Jewish-Catholic dialogues, this announcement is not too surprising. Catholic theologians hold that Jews and Christians worship the same God. They also teach that one does not have to be a Christian to receive salvation (doctrine of anonymous Christians).

Source: Vatican says Catholics should not try to convert Jews, should fight anti-semitism | Reuters

50 Years of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue

There is no question that the document Nostra Aetate (“In our Time”) — promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in October 1965 — changed the discourse in the field of Jewish-Christian dialogue in particular, and interreligious dialogue in general, in the contemporary period.

CHR Comment: The article notes the fifty year anniversary of the papal document that spurred interfaith dialogue as a modern feature of religious life. The author believes that ignorance remains the most important obstacle to overcome as Christians and others interact with one another.

Source: 50 Years of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue — The Way Forward | Ron Kronish