Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar, responsible for the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel, has published a pastoral letter on the occasion of the 60th anniversary since the founding of the Work of Saint James. The letter was published on the Feast of Edith Stein, August 9, 2015.

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by Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer
"Searching Her Own Mystery"

with foreword of Card. Christoph Schonborn - Archibishop of Vienna, Austria

Read an excerpt: "On April 27, 2014 the Catholic Church officially recognized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II as saints. Media reports focused on the appeal these two figures held for rival segments of the Church; John XXIII inspired progressives, while John Paul II earned the devotion of traditionalists. Little attention was given to the revolution in Catholic teaching and sensibility that these two Popes jointly accomplished;John XXIII as initiator, John Paul II as interpreter, emblematic personality, and implementer." Read more (entire first chapter)

This book is available at Wipf and Stock, Amazon (also Kindle edition)

INTERVIEW - JUNE 9th, 2015

The Jewish People and the Identity of the Church  


From Saint James Vicariate For Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel
by Fr. David Neuhaus

Rabbi Mark Kinzer, a foremost Messianic Jewish theologian has published a new book on Nostra Aetate and its implications for Christian theology and dialogue with the Jews. Father David reports:

Rabbi Mark Kinzer, Messianic leader of the Zera Avraham Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan (b. 1952), has recently published a book on Nostra Aetate and its significance for Jews and Christians, Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People and the Identity of the Church (Eugene, Cascade Books, 2015). The book is an important contribution to the interpretation of Nostra Aetate and to the ongoing dialogue between Jews and Catholics, particularly those Jews who do believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the document that redefines the Catholic Church’s teaching on the relationship with members of other religions. The document was formulated during the Second Vatican Council, a council that brought together the leaders of the Catholic Church from all over the world. They deliberated for three years, from 1962 until 1965, redefining the Church’s relationship with the modern world and formulating the Church teaching within the context of the twentieth century. Nostra Aetate, translated “in our times”, redefined the attitude of the Catholic Church towards non-Christian religions. Discussions on the formulation of the document that became Nostra Aetate began with discussions on the attitude of the Catholic Church towards Jews and Judaism and this subject, the content of paragraph 4, is the longest part of the text.

Rabbi Kinzer defines four major changes evoked by Nostra Aetate in its long paragraph on the Jews and Judaism:

- The rejection of the claim that the Jews killed Christ. This tragically wrong interpretation of the Gospel has had devastating consequences for the Jews throughout the past two thousand years of history. The Council denounced anti-Semitism and all forms of racism!

- The reminder that Jews and Christians have a shared heritage not only focused on the Old Testament as a common patrimony but also emphasized that Yeshua, his Blessed Mother, the apostles and the early Church are Jewish.

- The insistence that the Jews are a chosen people and have an irrevocable vocation. They are not rejected by God because God is always faithful despite our faithlessness. In a particularly revolutionary formulation, the document, basing itself on Romans 11:29, a text never cited before in the Magisterium of the Church, said: “God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers; He does not repent of the gifts He makes or of the calls He issues.”

- Finally, Kinzer claims that the document drives home the realization that the Church and the Jews are inextricably linked in the sight of God. It is from here that he derives the title of his book, quoting the beginning of paragraph 4: “As the sacred synod searches into the mystery of the Church, it remembers the bond that spiritually ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham's stock”.

The renewal and purification of memory led to a change in thought and language that transformed a “teaching of contempt”, a phrase formulated by the Jewish French historian Jules Isaac, who encountered Pope John XXIII in 1960, into a “teaching of respect”.

Kinzer’s book goes on to deepen an understanding of the theological challenges that result from Nostra Aetate, examining ecclesiology, the sacraments of priesthood, baptism and Eucharist and challenging the Church and the Jewish people to pursue an understanding of sacramental presence that brings them ever closer together. The book includes fascinating sections on Kinzer’s own spiritual journey and the ongoing dialogue between Messianic Jews and Catholics.



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On the left you can view some books and/or articles written by the participants, listed in alphabetical order. We invite you to click on the associated links to browse the content of these items either directly or throught some other websites. 

Richard Harvey

Mark S. Kinzer

Antoine Levy

Vladimir Pikman






- Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology - A Constructive Approach, Studies in Messianic Jewish Theology (Vrin, 2007).

Messianic Judaism is a contemporary movement that integrates faith in Yeshua as Israel's Messiah with Jewish belief and practice. As such it challenges the neat diversion between Christianity and Judaism. Richard Harvey maps the diverse theological terrain of this young movement. The book examines various topics of theological concern, such as G-d's nature, activity and attributes, the Messiah and the Messianic Jewish Christologies, the Torah in theory (the meaning and interpretation of the Torah in the Light of Jesus) and the Torah in practice (Messianic practice of Sabbath, food laws and Passover) and eschatology. READ here a review of this book.

- Raymundus Martini and the Pugio Fidei (Richard Harvey, First Edition, 2008).

A very interesting essay (Richard's MA dissertation - 1994) on the life and work of Raymundus Martini, a Medieval controversioalist and the author of Pugio Fidei.

- Towards a Messianic Jewish Theology of Reconciliation (Richard Harvey, Second Edition, 2013).

Messianic Jews can play a significant part as peacemakers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A theology and praxis of reconciliation is needed to address its political, social psychological and theological dimensions. Recent discussions of Palestinian and Israeli strategic proposals for conflict resolution provide a context in which a survey of Messianic Jewish understandings of the present conflict, proposals to end it, and the contribution Messianic Jews can make are analysed and evaluated. Concluding proposals for the development of a Messianic Jewish theology of reconciliation include the need for hope and the development of intra-group discourse that can engage strategically with other conflict partners.


- What Shapes a Jewish identity ?

- Messianic Jewish Theology : have we gone too far or not far enough ?

- Jesus the Messiah in Messianic Jewish Thought

- A Jewish Response to the Crusades




- Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism : Redifining Christian engagement with the Jewish people (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2005).

In this book Kinzer seeks to redefine Messianic Judaism in terms of its relationship with Judaism and Christianity Relying not only on his own biblical scholarship and exegesis, but on that of many other scholars as well, Kinzer presents the reader with a form of Messianic Judaism that retains faithfulness both to the traditions and teachings of Judaism, and to New Testament theology. Kinzer's book, -having received wide recognition due to its publication by a mainstream academic publisher-, provides a way for both a fresh and timely way of bridging the schism that remains between Judaism and Christianity.

- Israel's Messiah and the People of God: A Vision for Messianic Jewish Covenant Fidelity (Wipf & Stock Pub, 2011).

Israel's Messiah and the People of God presents a rich and diverse selection of essays by theologian Mark Kinzer, whose work constitutes a pioneering step in Messianic Jewish theology. Including several pieces never before published, this collection illuminates Kinzer's thought on topics such as Oral Torah, Jewish prayer, eschatology, soteriology, and Messianic Jewish-Catholic dialogue. This volume offers the reader numerous portals into the vision of Messianic Judaism offered in Kinzer's Postmissionary Messianic Judaism (2005).

- Searching Her Own Mystery (Wipf & Stock Pub, 2015). The sacramental realities of Jewish life within the ecclesia ex circumcisione of the New Testament era embodied the spiritual link binding genealogical-Israel to its appointed Messiah while simultaneously joining the Body of Christ to genealogical-Israel.  (168-69) 



- Israel's Eschatological Renewal in Water and Spirit : a Messianic Jewish Perspective on Baptism

- Finding our Way Through Nicaea : the Deity of Yeshua, Bilateral Ecclesiology, and Redemptive Encounter with the Living G-d




Le Crée et l'Incrée : Maxime le Confesseur et Thomas d'Aquin - Aux sources de la querelle palamienne (Vrin, 2007).

In this book, written in French, fr. Antoine deals with the ambiguous reception of the Byzantine tradition by the Catholic Church. By invoking the authority of St Thomas Aquinas, the western theologians did not hesitate to reject the idea of a real distinction between essence and divine energies, as well as the notion of uncreated grace, which held a fundamental significance in Gregory Palamas' vision (XIV° century). On the other hand, in recent times, these same theologians have re-discovered Maximus the Confessor (VII° century) as being an outstanding precursor of Thomas Aquinas. In this context, how is Gregory Palamas' doctrine to be considered without the patronage of Maximis the Confessor ? How to reckon both theologians in the common light of Thomas Aquinas' thinking ? By analysing the contexts and the doctrinal/conceptuals discussions, the author posits a newly discovered coexistence of the two distincts representations between the created and the uncreated.


- The Ecumenical Factor




- How European Messianic Jews can Fulfil their Role

Jewish and Historical Foundations for Post-Holocaust Messianic Soteriology