Call for Papers: “Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship”

An Academic Roundtable on Christian-Jewish Relations

Monday, January 7 to
Thursday, January 10, 2019

St. Raphaela Center, 616 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA 19041



The Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was founded in 1967 to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study. As part of this mission, the Institute is issuing a call for papers for an academic conference entitled “Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship” to occur January 7-10, 2019. The conference will include both scholarly presentations of papers and roundtable discussions.

The conference is prompted by three recent Catholic and Jewish documents issued to mark the golden jubilee of the 1965 Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate: One is Catholic (Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, “‘The Gifts and the Calling of God Are Irrevocable’ [Rom 11:29]: A Reflection on Theological Questions Pertaining to Catholic-Jewish Relations on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate, no. 4”); two are from Orthodox Jewish groups (International Group of Orthodox Rabbis, “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians” and the Conference of European Rabbis, the Rabbinical Council of America, and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, “Between Jerusalem and Rome: Reflections on Fifty Years of Nostra Aetate”). These are sophisticated and even unprecedented statements, engaging some of the most vital topics in Christian-Jewish relations, both contemporary and historical.

Call for Papers

We invite scholars to submit paper proposals using these recent statements as a springboard. Proposals do not need to engage directly with these statements, but with the topics they raise.

These include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Moving beyond supersessionism
    • Promise and fulfillment language for the Jewish / “Old” Covenant
    • Christology without supersessionism
  • Mission and conversion in Judaism and Christianity
    • Forms of witness
    • Salvation of and mission to “outsiders” / “the nations”
    • Universalism and particularism
  • The Land and State of Israel
    • Post-biblical significance (if any) of the biblical promise of Land
    • Theologies regarding sovereignty over and / or residence in the Land of Israel
  • Jewish Interpretations and Christian Interpretations of the Bible
    • Old Testament / Hebrew Bible as shared scriptures?
    • Hermeneutics of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible and current issues
    • Jewish interpretation of the New Testament
    • Christian interpretation of post-biblical / rabbinic literature
  • Jesus’ Jewishness and Christian-Jewish relations
  • Theological reciprocity and / or complementarity
    • “Trading favors” (compromising / altering religious beliefs) vs. theological reassessment as a result of dialogue
    • Polemics, debate, and / or dialogue as modes of interaction

Again, these topics are provided only to help applicants to generate ideas, not to limit proposal concepts or approaches that might be pursued. We welcome various methodologies, including anthropological, historical, philosophical, sociological, or theological approaches.

Paper proposals should include a title and an approximately 300-word abstract. The authors of selected proposals will have twenty minutes to present their papers. Each presentation will be followed by sufficient time for substantive discussion. Travel expenses and accommodations will be provided.

Following the meeting, we may seek to publish revised versions of the papers together in a book or as a special issue of a journal.

Submit proposals, as well as questions, to:

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham
Dr. Adam Gregerman
Directors, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University

by December 31, 2017.
Please write “Proposal” in the subject line.