Rhineland Synod Statement

Rhineland Synod Statement - Jewish-Christian Relations :...

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Jew i sh - Christian Relations : : Towards Renovation of the Re l ati ... Page 1 of3 Statements> Protestant> 1005 Synod of the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland, Germany Towards Renovation of the Relationship of Christians and Jews Thou bearest not the root, but the root thee ( Rom. 11:18b ). 1 . According to its "Message to the Congregations concerning the Dialogue between Christians and Jews"(12 January 1978)the Synod of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland accepts the historical necessity of attaining a new relationship of the church to the Jewish people. 2 . The church is brought to this by four factors: 1) The recognition of Christian co-responsibility and guilt for the Holocaust--the defamation, persecution and murder of the Jews in the Third Reich. 2) The new biblical insights concerning the continuing significance of the Jewish people within the history of God (e . g . Rom. 9-11), which have been attained in connection with the struggle of the Confessing Church. 3) The insight that the continuing existence of the Jewish people, its return to the Land of Promise, and also the foundation of the state of Israel, are signs of the faithfulness of God towards his people (cf. the study "Christians and Jews" III, 2+3) . 4) The readiness of Jews, in spite of the Holocaust, to (engage in) encounter, common study and cooperation. 3. The Synod welcomes the study "Christians and Jews" of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the supplementary and more precise "Theses on the Renewal of the Relationship of Christians and Jews" of the Committee "Christians and Jews" of the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland.
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