Statement of principles, goals and means of the Jules Isaac Foundation

From the articles of the foundation.

Article 2 : The foundation has the following statement of principles as its basis:

  1. There is one God who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This God has revealed Himself in his creation, in his way with the people of Israel since the beginning of their existence as a people, and in the ecclesia which consists of Jews and gentiles, as written in the Bible.
  2. God is love and it is his will that his perfect and holy love will be manifested in his creation and that He will be glorified by this manifestation of his love.
  3. God has created man according to his image. He has intended his creation in such a way that it will be characterized by principles of differentiation and mutual blessing.
  4. God has chosen the Jewish people from among the nations as his people. The covenant He made with Israel is an eternal covenant. God mediates blessing and restoration to the gentiles through Israel. God gave to Israel the holy Torah as a covenantal way of life, and the holy Land of Israel as an inheritance and pledge of the blessing of the World to Come.
  5. In the fullness of time the Son of God became man – the Jew Jesus Christ, born from Maria, a Jewish virgin. He brings to perfection the human expression of the divine image.
  6. Jesus has died as an atonement for the sins of Israel ad for the sins of the whole world. He has risen from the dead. He has ascended to heaven and is seated at Gods right hand as Israels Messiah and Lord of the Church.
  7. The church from the gentiles has been grafted into the good olive tree Israel. The church from among the gentiles has become fellowheir together with Israel: of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus , the Messiah of Israel. The church has not replaced Israel. The people of Israel is beloved of God for the father's sakes, for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Together with the Messianic Jews does the church from among the gentiles form the one ecclesia of Christ.
  8. Messiah’s community is a single community expressed in diverse forms within the Jewish community and among the nations. All are called to a dedicated life of worship, neighborly service, and public testimony to Yeshua. Unity and love throughout the entire community confirm Yeshua’s role, as the One sent by the Father, and God’s purpose in Messiah for Israel and the Nations.
  9. It belongs to the highest calling of the church to give shape to neighbourly love. In the light of both this vocation of the church of Christ and the unique, never to be revoked election of the Jewish people, it belongs to the special calling of the church of Christ to always bless the Jewish people.
  10. j. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are divinely inspired and fully trustworthy, a gift given by God to His people, provided to impart life and to form, nurture, and guide them in the ways of truth. They are of supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Article 3: Goal

1. De foundation has the following goals:

  1. To further the acquaintance with, and attention for, the problem and effects of anti-judaism in the christian theological tradition. Next to this to ask attention for the related replacement theology, the idea that the church would have replaced the people of Israel.
  2. To show that the anti-judaistic trend in the christian theological tradition is alien to the Scriptures themselves, and to the teaching, life and works of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels in particular.
  3. To stimulate the development of a fully fledged christian theology that has disposed of this replacement thinking. Henceford to be called 'a post-supersessionist theology'.
  4. To further acquaintance with life and works of the French Jewish historian Jules Isaac, in particular with his keyrole as pioneer and advocate for the development of a christian theology which has disposed of anti-judaism and replacement thinking.
  5. To further acquaintance with, and study of, Messianic Jewish and postliberal theology, both being important sources for the development of a post-supersessionist theology.
  6. To further acquaintance with, and study of other christian theology that can contribute to the development of a post-supersessionist theology.
  7. To further acquaintance with Jewish thinkers who can serve as important sources of inspiration for the development of a post-supersessionist theology.
  8. To show the attraction of and spiritual richness of a christian theology that has disposed of supersessionism and which shows the beauty and glory of the Gospel as never before.
  9. To further acquaintance with movements in the christian tradtion that have been more well-disposed to the Jews, among which the English puritans and related classic revival movements in particular.
  10. To further acquaintance with the Jewish roots of Christianity.
  11. To further acquaintance with the development and history of Jewry and Judaism from antiquity to the modern time.
  12. To further acquaintance with the roots of European antisemitism in christian anti-judaism. To combat antisemitism in all its forms.
  13. To do anything which is connected, directly or indirectly, with the above-mentioned or which, according to the board, can be beneficial.

2. The foundation intends to realize its goals by:

  1. Organizing symposia, conferences, seminars etc.
  2. The development and maintenance, together with partners, of an English spoken researchwebsite which will function as an online knowledgebase for the further advancement of a post-supersessionist christian theology.
  3. In addition, the foundation, together with partners, of an English spoken research institute for the further advancement of a postsupersessionist theology for the benefit of an international network of theologians and for the benefit of the worldwide church.
  4. The advancement of an international network of christian and Jewish theologians who are devoted to the further advancement of post-supersessionist theology.
  5. The realization of publications in the form of articles, books, pamphlets, on paper as well as digital.
  6. The purchase of books that are relevant for the goals of the foundation with the purpose of giving these books to libraries of theological faculties, seminaries, other institutions and individual persons to be selected by the board of the foundation, board members of the foundation themselves being excluded as recipients.
  7. To summon third parties to support the foundation financially.
  8. All other legal means that can contribute to the goal of the foundation

3. The foundation does not aim to make any profit and serves the public interest.