Online Resources for Jewish-Christian Studies and Relations

The websites and/or PDFs listed below represent a cross section of resources that highlight various aspects of Jewish-Christian studies and relations. Simply click on the blue titles to go directly to that site or PDF.

Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies Lecture Videos
A collection of lectures by the Cardinal Bea Centre of Judaic Studies at the Gregorian University is available for viewing on their YouTube channel. The Cardinal Bea Centre is dedicated to the promotion of a theological knowledge and understanding of Judaism – from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective – as well as the teaching, research and academic exchanges between Christians and Jews, in order to foster a mutually enriching relationship.

Catholic-Jewish Relations Pastoral Letter Archbishop Gerety
Written in 1982 by the Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety during his tenure as Archbishop of Newark, this pastoral letter provides theological foundations for and a brief history of the development of Jewish-Christian relations since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate.

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning – Boston College
The Center has posted a selection of essays concerning Christian-Jewish relations that are arranged in the following categories:

  • A Sacred Obligation: Rethinking Christian Faith in Relation to Judaism and the Jewish People
  • Christian-Jewish Dialogue, aspects or nature of
  • Christian Theology
  • Christian efforts to convert Jews to Christianity
  • Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity
  • Dominus Iesus
  • History, history of relations
  • The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible
  • Jewish Theology
  • Middle East
  • Reflections on Covenant and Mission
  • Religious Education
  • Scriptural Interpretation
  • Shoah (Holocaust)

Also of special interest is the six-episode series, Walking God’s Paths: Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation, which is intended to be used for dialogue and education, and is particularly appropriate for synagogue and church discussion groups. The series consists of 15-minute discussion-starting videotapes and a detailed online User’s Guide containing dialogue questions and resources. Participants will experience each tradition’s understanding of how it walks God’s path and how the two faith communities could relate to one another in positive ways.

Center for Christian and Jewish Understanding (CCJU) – Sacred Heart University
The CCJU website at Sacred Heart University provides links to principal documents and statements that have helped to chart and mark the direction and discussions of Christian-Jewish understanding and relations since the Second World War.

Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews
Instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1974 and  joined to the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, this special Commission encourages and fosters religious relations between Jews and Catholics and serves as the official contact point between the Vatican and the worldwide Jewish community on religious matters. The Vatican’s website outlines the history of the Commission and contains links to the following official documents:

  • Documents of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (CRRJ)
  • Joint Statements, Declarations, Themes and Press Releases from the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC)
  • Joint Statements and Communique from Meetings of the Bilateral Commission of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Relations with the Jews
  • Documents from the following Commemorative Acts:

**Speech of Pope Francis on the 50th Anniv. of the Promulgation of Nostra Aetate
**Speech of Pope Francis at IJCIC
**Speech of Benedict XVI at the Chief Rabbinate
**Speech of Benedict XVI to the delegation of the Chief Rabbinate and the CRRJ
**Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the President of the CRRJ on the 40th **Anniv. of Nostra Aetate
**Speech of Pope Benedict XVI to the IJCIC
**Speech of Pope John Paul II to the IJCIC and CRRJ
**Speech of Pope John Paul II at the 12th meeting of the ILC
**Speech of Paul VI to the ILC

Maintained through the collaboration of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, this site provides a comprehensive cyber-archive of official statements, historic documents, educational resources and current information.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The ELCA has published the following documents in PDF format on its website: The Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community (1994); Guidelines for Lutheran-Jewish Relations (1998); ELCA-Jewish Resources for Campus and Congregational Use (2008); Windows for Understanding: Jewish-Muslim-Lutheran Relations (2007); Why Follow Luther Past 2017: A Contemporary Lutheran Approach to Inter-Religious Relations (2014).

Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations (IJCR) Archive
The archive at Saint Joseph University’s IJCR has a collection of various materials, including videos, from their past events and directors’ presentations.

International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ)
ICCJ’s website contains several articles and statements that offer insights into the ongoing Jewish-Christian dialogue.

ISPS – Ratisbonne: Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies
Maintained by the Congregation of the Religious of Our Lady of Sion, this site offers basic formation in Jewish Tradition; reflections from teachings of the Catholic Church on the importance of Jewish studies; and an online library of articles by preeminent authors about Judaism in its various dimensions and its rapport with Christians.

Jewish Virtual Library (JVL)
JVL has a Christian-Jewish Relations section on its website where visitors can access articles it has organized under the following categories: Reference; History; Anti-Semitism; Relations to Israel; Religion & Sects; The Vatican & the Holocaust; The Papacy & Judaism; and Terms & Concepts.

Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding College of the Holy Cross
This College of the Holy Cross program provides online access to many of its past lectures, which visitors may stream online or download from iTunes for free.

Notre Dame de Sion
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion’s website offers access to a vast collection of online resources, including Church documents, conferences, dossiers, links to the SIDIC Periodical and much more.

Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs, has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than forty years –  from the time he served as rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa, during his tenure as Chief Rabbi of Ireland ; and throughout the last more than thirty years based in Jerusalem. Rabbi Rosen has published more than 35 of his articles about Christian-Jewish Relations online on his website.

SelectedWorks of Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell
Provides free access to scholarly work related to Jewish-Christian studies by Father Lawrence E. Frizzell, including articles; contributions to books, dictionaries and encyclopedias; conference papers; public statements; and his biblical commentaries on various books in both Jewish and Christian scriptures.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
The Rare Books Collection of the Asher Library at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership contains a number of publications relating to Christain Hebraists. The Institute has posted a guide that links to digitized copies of these books. Christian Hebraists were scholars of Hebrew literature in medieval and early modern times. Christian Hebraism offers a fascinating perspective into the history of printing, linguistics, and European culture in the Middle Ages as well as comparative religion and Jewish-Christian relations

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the open-access electronic journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. The journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

United Church of Christ (UCC)
The UCC has published their “1987 Statement on Christian-Jewish Relations” in PDF format on the Interfaith Relations section of its website.

United Methodist Church
The United Methodist church has published its “Guiding Principles for Christian-Jewish Relations” online in its Book of Resolutions.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
The USCCB’s Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations, which later merged into the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has produced many documents in the development of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States.

Voices Together: Pioneers in Modern Jewish-Christian Dialogue
The Interfaith Ministry of Scarboro Missions in cooperation with Salt + Light Media highlights four individual high-profile figures in Jewish-Christian relations in four short videos. They explore the lives and stories of the following four individuals whose efforts have helped to bring about a historic transformation, which is continuing in our own lifetime: Dr. Victor Goldbloom; Sister Charlotte Klein, NDS; Dr. Mary Boys, SNJM;and Dr. Edward Kessler.