This helpful collection makes available important essays presented at a conference marking the forty year anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. The essays are by Vatican officials and rabbis as well as diplomats and scholars from both faith traditions. The topics covered include reflections on the relationships past and present, as well as future efforts to forge a Christian theology of Judaism, and developments in relations with Israel. Important documents of the past few decades are presented in appendixes. The discussions are interesting and show both the promising developments as well as continued tensions, often expressing deep and nuanced reflections from a variety of perspectives. Indexes.
Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., University of Kansas, is the author of Mysteryof Romans, winner of the 1996 National Jewish Book Award, Charles H. RevsonAward in Jewish-Christian Relations.