From Rivalry to Reconciliation

Dr. André Villeneuve surveys the history of Jewish-Catholic relations, highlights the theological underpinnings of this relationship, and considers how it has undergone an extraordinary transformation in the past seventy years. 

An online presentation for the Eastern Michigan University's Center for Jewish Studies, September 9, 2020.



From Rivalry to Reconciliation: Presentation Outline

  • Salvation History and God’s Covenant Family
  • Jesus: Hope of Israel?
  • The Church of the New Covenant
  • Reconciliation of Jew and Gentile
  • Israel’s Irrevocable Calling
  • Church and Synagogue: “The Parting of Ways”
  • The “Passion of Israel”: The Jewish People on the Road to Calvary
  • Promises of Restoration
  • The “Final Solution”
  • The Jews and the Cross
  • 1948: Resurrection?
  • “Spiritually We Are All Semites”
  • The Church and the Jewish People: A New Relationship
    • Pope John XXIII (1958-1963)
    • 1965: Vatican II and Nostra Aetate
    • Pope Paul VI (1963-1978)
      • 1974: Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing Nostra Aetate
    • Pope John Paul II (1978-2005)
      • 1985: Notes on the Correct Way to Present Jews and Judaism
      • 1993: Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel
      • 1994: The Catechism of the Catholic Church
      • 1998: We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah
      • 2000: John Paul II in Israel
      • 2001: The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible
    • Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)
      • 2009: Benedict XVI in Israel
    • Pope Francis (2013 - )
      • 2015: “The Gifts and the Calling of God Are Irrevocable”
  • The Church and the Jewish People: From Rivalry to Reconciliation
Dr. André Villeneuve is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Commission in Rome. He is the author of Divine Marriage from Eden to the End of Days (2021), and the director of Catholics for Israel.

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