Edinost in Dialog (Apr 2021)

From Nostra aetate to Veritatis gaudium: The Traversed Path and New Horizons in Jewish-Christian Dialogue

  • Maria Carmela Palmisano

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 76, no. 1
pp. 31 – 41


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The first part of the article presents the basic guidelines for the Jewish-Christian dialogue in the Declaration Nostra aetate (NA 4) of the Second Vatican Council on the 55th anniversary of its publication. The second part summarizes the areas in which interreligious dialogue has developed the most in Europe and some contents that have marked it. The third part connects the declaration with the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium (VG foreword 4). It lists four criteria for the renewal of theological studies: kerygma, wide-ranging dialogue, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches, and networking, which have opened new horizons in the past years and inspired further steps on the path of Jewish-Christian dialogue, mutual knowledge, and cooperation in the service of contemporary man.