Christianity’s relationships with Judaism is immensely important.
Jesus of course was Jewish and the very first Christian communities were largely Jewish.
Christianity holds the Jewish Scriptures to be authoritative, albeit with different interpretations.
So Christians and Jews have a shared heritage. However the history in Europe has been an unhappy one with many Christians seeing Jews as being responsible for the death of Jesus which has led to anti-Semitism and appalling pogroms and the Holocaust, and further incidents of violent persecution and victimisation.
Sadly, anti-Semitism is still very much with us and in February 2015 the UK Parliament published the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism which raises awareness of issues of Anti-Semitism at the present time.
Ecumenically, Church leaders show their commitment to Jewish-Christian relations through their shared Presidency of the Council for Christians and Jews (which has a network of local groups), together with Jewish Leaders.
Jewish-Christian Relations is also promoted by a number of other organisations and establishments, including:
• The Irish Council of Christians and Jews
• The Woolf Institute in Cambridge
• The International Council of Christians and Jews
Some of the background to Jewish-Christian relations can be found on our archive website at www.ctbiarchive.org/304.