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A Jubilee for All Time:

The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations

By Gilbert S. Rosenthal (editor)

A Jubilee for All Time

A Jubilee for All Time:

The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations

By Gilbert S. Rosenthal (editor)

A selection of essays analysing the impact of the Second Vatican Council document Nostra Aetate on Catholic-Jewish relations.

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ISBN: 9780718894894

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 360pp

Published: March 2017


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ISBN: 9780718845810

Specifications: 352pp

Published: March 2017

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In 1965, the Second Vatican Council formally issued a historic document titled Nostra Aetate (In Our Time). It was an attempt to frame the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish people. Never before had an ecumenical council attempted such a task. The landmark document issued by the Council and proclaimed by Pope Paul VI precipitated a Copernican revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations and started a process that has spread to the Protestant and Orthodox worlds as well.

A Jubilee for All Time, consisting of essays and reflections by Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Jewish scholars and theologians, by pastors and professors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, and Israel, is an evaluation of what Nostra Aetate has accomplished thus far and how Christian-Jewish relations must proceed in building bridges of respect, understanding, and trust between the faith groups. A Jubilee for All Time serves as a source of discussion, learning, and dialogue for scholars, students and intelligent laypersons who believe that we must create a positive relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

Gilbert S. Rosenthal is the Director of the National Council of Synagogues, a partnership of the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements in Judaism dealing with interfaith matters. He has written articles and essays in English and Hebrew, as well as more than twelve books, including What Can a Modern Jew Believe? (2007) and The Many Faces of Judaism (1978).

The document Nostra Aetate, issued at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, changed the relationship of Jews and Christians more profoundly than any event in the two-thousand-year encounter of those two communities of faith. Now as we near the fiftieth anniversary of that document, Gilbert Rosenthal offers us a veritable banquet in the form of A Jubilee for All Time. Like any good celebration, it offers us significant food for thought and the company of some of the foremost thinkers about Jewish-Christian relations. This is an invitation well worth accepting. Daniel Polish, Rabbi of Congregation Shir Chadash, New York
Combining personal reflections, historical observations, practical pedagogy, and theological sensitivity, the authors of this marvellous collection celebrate Nostra Aetate, even as they continue its work. Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
All essays are recommended and no obvious voice, relevant theme, or controversy are missing. The work succeeds in being diverse in the authors' religious identities, yet focused with the right balance of honesty and praise. Peter Admirand, in Reading Religion, November 2017
The collection brings out well (should any reader need convinced on the point) the truly epochal significance of that document, and the sea-change it has enabled in Jewish-Christian (and not just Jewish-Catholic) relations. ... It is a collection full of joy and relief. Peter Waddell, in Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 25, Issue 1