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Two Generations Unfamiliar Positive Advances in Christian-Jewish Relations

For centuries, Europe and North America were the centers of Christian and Jewish populations and the sources of religious leadership. However, today most Christians reside in Central and South America, Africa and Asia while Christians in Europe and North America are older, and their numbers are declining or barely holding steady.

As for Jews, for 2000 years the overwhelming majority lived in the Diaspora outside of Israel, the biblical homeland. However, a major population change has been underway since the State of Israel achieved independence in 1948. Seventy years later more than half the world’s Jews are in Israel.

The passage of time is the third reality influencing Christian-Jewish encounters. Since the 1965 Second Vatican Council Nostra Aetate Declaration and major national and international Protestant statements, two generations of Christians and Jews have been born who are often unfamiliar with the positive advances in Christian-Jewish relations achieved during the past half-century. [Read Article from Rabbi A. James Rudin is the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser.}

 

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