From the May, 2009 issue of Touchstone
christianity When Gentile Meets Jew by Peter J. Leithart


When Gentile Meets Jew

A Christian Reading of Ruth & the Hebrew Scriptures

Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, is widely seen as a breakthrough in Christian relations with Jews. Implicitly chiding centuries of anti-Jewish polemic, Pope Paul VI proclaimed that while “the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ,” yet “what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today.” Thus, “the Jews shou . . .

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