I am resisting the temptation to blog about today being the birthday of Karl Barth, but I think he would be in agreement with much of the statements below from theEuropean Lutheran Commission on the Church and the Jewish People (LEKKJ).
At its annual meetings, 2001 – 2003 the European Lutheran Commission on the Church and the Jewish People (LEKKJ) studied a number of liturgical texts, and especially the prayers which have as their theme the relationship between the church and the Jewish people.
This study revealed that obscurities, misunderstandings and anti-Jewish formulations both old and new continue to be perpetrated. It demonstrates, therefore, the urgent need to devote as much care to liturgies and to liturgical texts as to other documents devoted to the subject of Judaism. Hence, the following points ought to be considered with great care –
- New insights have been gained by our churches…
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