Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Christianity and Judaism Consultation

Administrative Team: Elizabeth Groppe, Joy Galarneau, Todd Walatka

The Christianity and Judaism Consultation invites proposals for papers in keeping with the convention theme of conversion. The Consultation is particularly interested in the following questions:

  1. Should Christians hope for the conversion of Jews to Christianity? Why or why not?
  2. What are the fruits of a comparative study of the meaning of conversion and teshuva within both Christianity and Judaism?
  3. What are the fruits of a comparative study of the history of interpretation of the book of Jonah in both Christianity and Judaism?
  4. In Faith Transformed: Christian Encounters with Jews and Judaism (ed. John C. Merkle), Christian scholars describe the personal transformations that have resulted from their encounter with Judaism. We invite ongoing personal reflection on the experience of this encounter. Has dialogue brought a conversion in the sense of a change of heart, re-orientation of life, and call to restored covenant relationship? What is the theological significance of the actual experience of dialogue? What theological insights or questions does it pose?
  5. Nostra aetate initiated a foundational change in the relationship of the Catholic Church to the Jewish people. Is it appropriate to speak of this change as a conversion? Why or why not? Can the church as a whole and the Catholic tradition undergo a “conversion”? Have developments since the Council been consistent with the new relationship it established?

We invite not only paper proposals but also proposals for a panel of two or three speakers that would include both CTSA members and Jewish scholars speaking together on some dimension of the topic of conversion.

Submit proposals of no more than 500 words by September 1 to the administrative team in care of Elizabeth Groppe (groppe@xavier.edu). Indicate in the proposal any A.V. needs. The team will respond to all proposals no later than September 21.